Throughout her extensive career, Ornella Barra has been awarded international recognition for her contribution to the healthcare industry.
In December 2017, AmCham Italy awarded Ornella a special recognition for her leadership in ensuring, with passion and vision, continued development and growth for Walgreens Boots Alliance.
In September 2017, Fortune magazine published its annual list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in international business” (outside the U.S.) in which Ornella was featured in thirteenth position. Ornella has been ranked in the top 15 of the list every year since 2010.
In October 2017, Ornella Barra received an honorary degree from University of Genoa, recognizing her achievements in business management and results in terms of value creation for shareholders and employees.
In december 2016, Ornella Barra received an honorary degree from University of Urbino, to recognise her support of the pharmacy profession and her commitment to the University.
In May 2016, Ornella Barra received the prestigious award Guido Carli given in Rome.This annual award honours illustrious Italians who have achieved significant results in their own field; Ornella Barra was recognised for her entrepreneurial career in healthcare.
In February 2015, at the Business in the Community (BITC) Annual General Meeting and Leadership Summit 2015 (AGM), Ornella Barra was appointed HRH Prince Charles International Ambassador. As part of the role, Ornella will be responsible for highlighting the value of employee volunteering globally and demonstrating how a global business operates responsibly.
In December 2014, Ornella received the Special Jury Prize from ‘Les Trophées de l’Eco Monaco’, annual awards organized by the Chamber of Economic Development in Monaco and regional newspaper Nice-Matin.
A committed believer in the importance of education for the pharmacist profession, Ornella is Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy. In late 2012, Ornella was awarded a Doctor of Science honorary degree from the University of Nottingham to recognise her support of the pharmacy profession and her commitment to the University.
In August 2012 Ornella and Professor Antonino Cattaneo were presented with the International Pericles Prize for their outstanding achievement in science and social causes.
In December 2010, Ornella received a plaque by nobel prize winner Rita Levi Montalcini in recognition of Alliance Boots support for the European Brain Research Institute (EBRI). Ornella’s contribution to the EBRI helps to make the most of the extraordinary skills demonstrated by the young generation in Italy.
In 2002 Ornella received the William L. Ford prize from the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW) for her vital contribution to the development of the healthcare sector.