The Great CMO Resignation? Patrick McLean Exits Walgreens After Two Years

The drugstore chain confirmed his departure but isn't commenting on interim steps

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Walgreens’ Patrick McLean is the latest chief marketing officer to step down from the role, as brands and personnel struggle with how to structure the job’s functions and duties.

McLean joined the drugstore chain in November 2019 after stints at financial services companies TD Ameritrade and Capital One. He revealed that he was leaving Walgreens in a LinkedIn post.

In his LinkedIn valedictory, McLean listed a number of accomplishments over the past two years. “From developing and driving our Mass Personalization agenda including the launch of myWalgreens, the implementation and activation of our marketing technology stack and the introduction of Walgreens Advertising Group, and especially advancing the role we serve in communities through Covid-19 marketing efforts,” he wrote to colleagues and followers, “it’s been a thrill of a lifetime and a true honor.”

A flood of exits

Historically, CMOs have rarely enjoyed great longevity in the role.



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