"Stefano Pessina was appointed Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots in July 2007, having previously been its Executive Deputy Chairman. Prior to the merger of Alliance UniChem and Boots Group, he was Executive Deputy Chairman of Alliance UniChem, previously having been its Chief Executive for three years up until December 2004. Stefano was appointed to the Alliance UniChem Board in 1997 when UniChem merged with Alliance Santé, the Franco-Italian pharmaceutical wholesale group which he established in Italy in 1977. He is an engineer by profession."  Pessina also serves on the Board of Directors of Galenica AG, a publicly-traded Swiss healthcare group, and a number of private companies.