SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MERCHANDISING, WALGREENS
Joe Hartsig is senior vice president of marketing and digital commerce for the Walgreens division of Walgreen Boots Alliance, Inc. In this capacity, he oversees all marketing efforts for the $75 billion retailer, including leading brand strategy and planning, category and pharmacy marketing, creative design services, and Balance Rewards, one of the largest loyalty programs in the United States. Joe also oversees the Walgreens digital commerce units, including leading omni-channel strategy, and having P&L responsibility for the walgreens.com, drugstore.com and the Walgreens photo division, the largest store-based photo retail business in America.
Previously, Hartsig was Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer at Essendant, Inc., a fortune 500 wholesaler of office, cleaning and industrial products for independent resellers and large e-commerce retailers that need a broad assortment of business essentials delivered next day. Prior to that, he spent five years at Walmart, Inc. as senior vice president, GMM at the Sam’s Club business, where he led the Technology, Office and Entertainment division.
Before moving to retail, Hartsig was vice president, general manager at Motorola, Inc. where he lead global account management for a large customer based in Europe as well as leading product, marketing and engineering organizations within the fast growing accessories and handheld device divisions. Prior to this, he held roles in brand management and marketing with increasing responsibility for fast moving consumer goods companies such as SC Johnson, Pillsbury and ConAgra.
Hartsig lives with his family in the North Chicago area and serves on the advisory board for the Global Retail Marketing Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College and a masters in business administration degree from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.