Walgreens makes changes to beauty, personal care merchant teams

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday promoted Mike Spear to divisional merchandise manager of the retailer’s personal care division and announced that Lauren Vondrasek is transitioning to the company’s beauty merchandising unit, which is headed by Barbara Larson.

Spear has more than 20 years of retail experience, most recently as director of category planning at Walgreens.

Vondrasek will manage cosmetic bags, fragrances, sunglasses and trial/travel items, according to an internal memo distributed by Walgreens. Vondrasek is a 16-year Walgreens veteran, having started her career as a store manager in 1994.