Kimberly R. Scardino 

Senior Vice President / Global Controller / Chief Accounting Officer

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Results-Driven Executive Transforming Business

Kimberly Scardino is a dynamic leader known for transforming businesses through successfully cultivating talent and inspiring change.

As senior vice president, global controller, and chief accounting officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Scardino spearheads change across a company with revenues in excess of $103 billion. With operations in more than 25 counties, WBA owns pharmaceutical manufacturing, wholesale, and distribution companies. It is the world’s first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

Scardino is known for driving results through developing highly productive, engaged, and motivated teams. Her colleagues describe her as an inspirational leader with a passion for leading change and creating efficiency and value, whether in finance, leading an office or location, or with non-profit boards. They say she possesses a unique combination of traits and values leading to organizational transformation that is enabling stronger, more efficient business operations.

She joined the company last year coming from American Express, where she was senior vice president and the Americas controller. There she led a global team of about 300 finance professionals located throughout the world. Earlier in her career she served in roles of increasing responsibility including vice president and global head of American Express’ Global SOX, and various accounting functions at Credit Suisse Group, and at Lyondell Chemical Company. She began her career back in 1994 at Arthur Andersen LLP.

Scardino said her biggest career leap was leading a team in which she did not have deep subject matter expertise. “I learned a willingness to listen and learn from your team; and that strong leadership skills can transcend across organizational boundaries, exposing and stretching leaders and teams to work in new and different ways and developing and retaining critical talent,” she said.

Walgreens Boots Alliance was created two years ago with a combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots. The transaction brought together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values, and a heritage of trusted healthcare services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care.

Scardino holds a BS in accounting from the University of Houston.