Helena Foulkes

Executive Vice President, President
CVS Health, CVS Pharmacy
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A headshot of Helena Foulkes, the executive vice president of CVS health and the president of CVS Pharmacy

Although she describes herself as a math geek at heart, CVS Health Executive Vice President and CVS Pharmacy President Helena Foulkes says she loves retail for its “amazing combination of data and science married with real intuition for whatever it is that makes a consumer click.” She loves looking at data, “but retail also requires you to get in the shoes of the customer.”

Before she joined CVS more than 20 years ago, Foulkes worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and in the finance department at Tiffany’s. At CVS, where she has played an integral role in growing the company into the largest pharmacy health care provider in the country, Foulkes loves being an entrepreneur and building new programs, such as the ExtraCare reward program (with 60 million active members) and being part of the leadership team that decided to stop selling tobacco in 2014 and recently decided to offer next-day pharmacy delivery. She says she’s inspired daily by the pharmacists on the front line at CVS’s nearly 10,000 pharmacies and the roughly 5 million people who walk in every day. “I try really hard,” she says, “to instill a sense of leading with heart.”