Previously, he was executive vice president and president of customer experience and daily living for Walgreens.
Before joining Walgreens in October 2013, Gourlay was chief executive, health and beauty division, Alliance Boots, a role he undertook in January 2009, when he was also appointed to the board of Alliance Boots. He had previously been managing director of Boots UK and a member of the Alliance Boots Group operating committee following the acquisition of Alliance Boots plc by AB Acquisitions Limited in 2007.
Prior to this, he was healthcare director of Boots the Chemists, having held senior management positions in store operations and human resources.
He is a board member of the Retail Leaders Industry Association and World Business Chicago and past chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.