From pharmacist to one of the most influential women

Ornella Barra is Chief Operating Officer, International for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Born in Italy, in Chiavari near Genoa, now of Monegasque nationality, Ornella graduated from the University of Genoa with a degree in pharmacy and embarked on a career in the healthcare sector. She started out as a pharmacist, first managing and then setting up her own pharmacy. In 1984 she founded the pharmaceutical wholesaler Di Pharma, which was then taken over by Alleanza Salute Italia.

Since then, she has held several roles and responsibilities, as member of the Boards of Directors of various companies (both listed and privately held) of the Group. These various transformation cycles led in 2014 to the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

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Role and responsibilities

Ornella Barra is Chief Operating Officer, International for Walgreens Boots Alliance. She oversees WBA’s businesses outside of the U.S., including Boots UK and other pharmacy-led health and beauty retail businesses in Europe, Latin America and Asia, as well as WBA’s pharmaceutical wholesale operation in Germany and the No7 Beauty Company. She is also Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of WBA.

She is therefore instrumental in many of the transformations affecting the company and the healthcare sector as a whole.

She also holds significant roles in various external organizations.