John Kotlarczyk, Jr. is senior director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Waste Reduction, for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, which employs more than 400,000 colleagues operating in over 25 countries. He was appointed to this role in 2016 and is responsible for developing and leading the strategic direction for WBA’s worldwide waste and recycling initiatives, identifying and sharing best management practices in waste and recycling across WBA, developing innovative solutions to waste and recycling concerns in stores and support center sites, and working with vendor & business partners to ensure the advancement of WBA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) waste reduction initiatives.
Kotlarczyk first joined Walgreens in 2010 as director, Compliance–Retail, where he was responsible for assisting retail and pharmacy operations management teams with compliance-related issues ranging from environmental programs to all other areas that undergo inspections from various regulatory agencies. Walgreens operates more than 8,000 store locations—over 400 of which incorporate in-store health clinics, and 28 distribution centers. He led Walgreens environmental compliance efforts, including creating and leading its field compliance team, which provided environmental and operational compliance subject matter expertise, and conducted and reported on monitoring reviews. In 2015, he was appointed director, Environmental, Supply Chain and Pharmacy Compliance, where he focused on Walgreens supply chain network, pharmacy, and environmental and waste compliance programs until appointment to his current WBA position.
He is directly responsible for developing Walgreens Supply Chain “Zero Waste to Landfill” program in use at some Walgreens distribution centers and is the strategic leader of waste and recycling efforts at WBA’s retail, warehouse, and corporate support center sites. In addition, he has taught and trained Walgreens team members throughout all its business units and locations in retail, healthcare and environmental compliance programs.
With more than 25 years of environmental, retail, and healthcare experience, Kotlarczyk also held management positions with Walmart/Sam’s Club; Affiliated Computer Services–A Xerox Company; and the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network. He was a healthcare fraud investigator for both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and a private insurance company.
Kotlarczyk received his bachelor of science degree in Criminology/Business Administration from Indiana State University. He has earned these certifications: OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US), Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification, and Certified Food Safety Managers (CFSM). He also has completed advanced training in hazardous/toxic waste management, and interview and interrogation techniques.
In addition to being a leader and founding member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s project, “Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy,” Kotlarczyk is an active member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He also serves as the current president of the Cary Youth Sports Association (CYSA), Cary, Ill.