Time: 11:40 - 12:40
In Conversation: "Digital Inclusion"
Elizabeth Fagan is Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Boots. In this role she leads all of the Boots businesses, both across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with the support of Boots senior leaders.
Elizabeth previously held the position of Senior Vice President, Managing Director, International Retail, Walgreens Boots Alliance from December 2014 to June 2016. During this time she was responsible for the development of the Company’s pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in Latin America, Asia and Europe (outside of UK and Republic of Ireland).
Prior to the merger between Alliance Boots and Walgreens, Elizabeth was previously Marketing Director, Health & Beauty International & Brands for Alliance Boots from October 2013 and prior to this, she was Executive Marketing Director for Boots UK from July 2007. In 2006, Elizabeth re-joined Boots UK as Managing Director of Boots Opticians. She previously worked for Boots Group, some 16 years ago, as Group Buyer.
Before joining Boots Opticians, Elizabeth worked for DSG International Plc for 10 years, where she held a number of senior positions, including Marketing Director, Group Marketing Director and Managing Director of The Link.
Elizabeth is President of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers, and is a member and past President of Women in Advertising and Communications Club. Elizabeth was also a member of the ASA Council for six years. In August 2013, she became a Fellow of the Marketing Society and, in the same year, was awarded a Cosmetic Executive Women UK, Achiever Award.
The digital transformation of the UK economy is a significant opportunity to drive growth and prosperity for the betterment of both business and citizens. It also offers the chance to reduce poverty and inequalities, improve livelihoods
and enable us to better manage growth on a finite planet.
However, this digital transformation also presents challenges to society. Some forecasts suggest that as many as ten million jobs (35 per cent of today’s UK workforce) could be lost due to automation by 2035 alone. And the negative impacts of reduced face-to-face interactions and hyper-connectivity are only just starting to be understood.
In order to understand and define the role of responsible business in this digital era, Business in the Community has launched a new programme that will combine thought with action and set a new agenda for UK businesses. This call to action for all UK businesses, NGOs and policymakers, is based upon the belief that only through collaborative and innovative approaches will we benefit fully from the opportunities provided by digital transformation. Business in the Community is committed to leading action on this agenda and to drive businesses towards ensuring an inclusive digital revolution.