AS Watson has announced the appointment of Steve Gray to a new position of international healthcare director with effect from January 2016.
Gray is currently healthcare director of Superdrug, part of AS Watson Health & Beauty (UK), and his appointment reflects the growing importance of health to AS Watson’s future strategy.
Malina Ngai, AS Watson group chief operating officer, shares the company strategy: “In the past decade when we have aggressively expanded our network from just over 7,000 to 11,500 stores today, we have put a lot of focus in building our beauty authority. We are pleased to have established defined strengths in the beauty category across majority of our businesses. As a leading international health and beauty retailer, we see increasing opportunities in health and wellbeing hence decided to step up our focus on health in the total offering to our customers.
“In his new role, Gray will work closely with me to further build our health strategy and strengthen implementation in our operations, with the objective to accelerate the increase of healthcare sales and margin participation across the Group.”
Gray joined Superdrug in 2012 and has, in the last two years, grown health by over 20%, successfully built online health offer via Online Doctor, and led the development of its Wellbeing concept store. Before he takes up his new international role, Gray will continue to concentrate on delivering health category growth in Superdrug for the remainder of 2015.
Before joining AS Watson, Gray was the chief operating officer at Lloyds Pharmacy’s parent company Celesio.