Walgreens Adds Two Executives to Merchandising Team

The drug store chains announces the hiring and promotion of retail industry veterans Cory Canady and Dale Johnson.
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Cory Canady (left) and Dale Johnson of Walgreens

Walgreens has named two retail veterans to its merchandising team, bringing in an executive from Walmart while also promoting a long-time employee from within.

Cory Canady will hold the title of head of Merchandising Operations and Transformation with Walgreens. With more than 20 years of experience across merchandising, product innovation, transformation and general management, Canady has a record of developing customer-focused strategies, launching new products, improving profitability and leading merchandising transformation.

He most recently was vice president Omni Merchandising - Furniture & Mattress at Walmart. Under his leadership, the team achieved a period of record growth, market share gains and significant improvement in e-commerce profitability. 

Prior to Walmart, Canady held various merchandising leadership positions at CVS Health, where he led retail product development and innovation for the drug store chain’s private brands. Earlier in his career, he held merchandising leadership roles at Target Corporation. 

Additionally, Walgreens has promoted Dale Johnson to the role of general merchandise manager of Consumables. He will lead the retailer’s grocery household and general merchandise businesses.  

Johnson has been a part of the Walgreens team for more than 30 years. He has held positions across merchandising and store operations where he has played key roles in driving revenue and profit growth. With a vast array of experience, 

He has led perishables, owned brands, regulatory product, innovation, marketing, merchandising, general management, brand management, profit and loss development, retail operations, supply chain/DSD/CDC, and project management during his tenure at Walgreens.