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Grace Noboa-Hidalgo, M.A.

Grace Noboa-Hidalgo, M.A.

Director - Innovation and Strategy Execution at Walgreens

Greater Chicago Area

Grace is a forward-thinking, results-driven, collaborative business leader and economist with an exceptional ability to manage critical strategic initiatives and complex execution to accelerate a company's growth and innovation.

Currently, Grace serves as Director in the healthcare innovation team at Walgreens Boots Alliance, a Fortune 25 company. In this role, she evaluates and executes on new business opportunities, industry partnerships and digital product launches with the support of top level executives (VP, C-suite), large technology companies, and high-growth startups.

With 10 years of experience, Grace is a Latina executive that has formulated GTM strategies and driven agile execution to launch new tech-enabled businesses in healthcare. Her core strengths are in:

* Growth Strategy & Commercialization
* Health Tech
* Agile Product Development
* Customer Experience
* Strategic & Technology partnerships
* Financial Modeling
* Data Analytics
* Startup Alliances

She excels at cross-functional collaboration within large organizations in a fast-paced environment, often working side-by-side with teams in Finance, Product Mgmt, UX, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Data Analytics, IT, BioPharma, Digital Transformation, Consumer Insights, Legal. She is known for building solid trusting relationships internally and externally, and going above and beyond to deliver business results with quality and excellence.

Previously, Grace worked in the Market Development and Sales team at Walgreens. Before this, she was a Senior Associate (Manager level) in the Health practice at Kearney, one of the top management consulting firms globally. Prior to that, she held positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, the Institute for Policy Research and the Economics Department at Northwestern University.

Grace is highly educated and has received numerous awards and scholarships. Grace earned a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Maryland as a Ph.D. student, B.A./M.A. degrees from Northwestern University, and a Certificate in Financial Economics from the Kellogg School of Management.

Grace was born in Quito, Ecuador. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has volunteered with a number of Latino nonprofits and has traveled extensively to Latin America.


  • Economics Research Fellow & Consultant, Office of Evaluation & Oversight (Inter-American Development Bank)
  • Research Assistant, Economics Department (Northwestern University)
  • Management Consultant, Healthcare Strategy & Operations (A.T. Kearney)
  • Director, Innovation and Strategy Execution (Walgreens)
  • Manager, Healthcare Segment Development (Walgreens)
  • Research/Teaching Assistant, Economics Department (University of Maryland)


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