Ornella Barra, Co-Chief Operating Officer Walgreens Boots Alliance, discusses the future of pharmaceutical distribution and its essential role alongside pharmacists.
Milenio, a Mexican national newspaper, features an interview online with Ornella Barra in which she discusses Walgreens Boots Alliance’s ambitions for Mexico, and what is takes to lead a global champion.
Written by Cristina Ochoa
The Thai daily newspaper, Bangkok Post, reports on the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Boots Thailand business, and includes comments from Ornella Barra regarding the importance of partnerships in Asia for the development of Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Chinese metropolitan newspaper Modern Weekly devotes a two page article within its business report to Ornella Barra and her female leadership story.
The Italian economic daily Milano Finanza devotes an article to the most influential women in business, in which Ornella Barra is highlighted as a classic example of Italian women leading foreign companies. Written by Stefania Peveraro.
Global Sustain includes a detailed article on Walgreens Boots Alliance in its 2016-17 Yearbook, in which Ornella Barra outlines how the Company has successfully integrated the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into its CSR framework.
Bloomberg Businessweek China dedicated an article to Ornella Barra in its May edition. The feature focuses on her successful career as a business woman, and includes a Q&A with Ornella Barra in which she discusses her passion for leading a global enterprise. Written by Guo Peiran.
G7 - Climate Change The New Economy, the principle publication on climate change and sustainability, includes an extensive feature in its G7 2017 edition on Walgreens Boots Alliance and the Company’s CSR story, as told by Ornella Barra.
'L'Economia', the weekly economic and business magazine of main Italian daily Corriere della Sera, features a front page interview with Ornella Barra and Stefano Pessina. They cover a number of areas including the evolution of the company since their first business meeting in 1985, the importance of engaging employees and the general economic backdrop in the USA and Europe (attached article in Italian).
Written by Massimo Sideri.
Source: L’Economia – Corriere della Sera
Italian magazine Media Key features Ornella Barra in its annual special issue “Genius”, which includes articles about global leaders and their road to success. The article tells Ornella Barra’s entrepreneurial history from her origins in a pharmacy in Chiavari to her current role as Co-COO of WBA, through strategic business partnerships and a strong commitment to continuous improvement.
Italian daily Il Giornale del Piemonte devotes a long article to Walgreens Boots Alliance receiving the United Nations Foundation’s Global Leader Award and includes comments from Ornella Barra. The article also reports on the Company’s Q4 and FY 2016 results, quoting Mr. Stefano Pessina (see article in Italian attached). Written by Massimiliano Lussana.
Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore interviews Ornella Barra on the most recent achievements of Walgreens Boots Alliance – including Q4 and FY 2016 results, and receiving the Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation (see article attached in Italian). Written by Monica D’Ascenzo.
The Italian newspaper dedicated an article on Ornella Barra’s new rank on the annual Fortune 2016 “International Most Powerful Women in Business” list. This year Fortune has ranked the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business based outside the USA, including EMEA, India, Asia, and Australia in which Ornella was featured in 10th position. Written by Massimo Sideri
The Italian newspaper dedicated an article on Ornella Barra’s new rank on the annual Fortune 2016 “International Most Powerful Women in Business” list. This year Fortune has ranked the 50 Most Powerful Women (based outside the USA) in EMEA, India, Asia and Australia in which Ornella was featured in 10th position. Written by Massimo Sideri
Several titles report that Ornella Barra has been appointed Co-Chief Operating Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance.
The Associazione Guido e Maria Carli, honoured Ornella Barra, EVP Walgreens Boots Alliance and president and chief executive of global wholesale and international retail, with its coveted Guido Carli award.
Italian dailies “Il Messaggero” and “Corriere Della Sera” report on the prestigious award Guido Carli given in Rome to Ornella Barra. 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. Written by Mario Ajello (Il Messagero) and Alessandro Trocino (Corriere Della Sera).
Italian magazine, PuntoEffe, writes about the ‘Oreste Pessina Degree Prize,’ which will be held in Florence, on 19 March, during ‘FarmacistaPiù’ and is organized in collaboration with Fofi and Federfarma. The article also includes comments from Ornella Barra (see article attached in Italian).
Italian weekly, Sette, has published an interview with Ornella Barra which looks at her personal story and describes Walgreens Boots Alliance today (see article attached in Italian). Written by Roberto Turno.
Italian daily, Corriere della Sera, has published an article related to Walgreens Boots Alliance acquisition of Rite Aid for $17.2 billion. Ornella Barra comments on the transaction (see article attached in Italian). Written by Massimo Sideri.
Following the acquisition of Rite Aid by Walgreens Boots Alliance, Italian financial daily, Il Sole 24 Ore, has published an interview with Ornella Barra where she discusses the aspects of the liberalization decree of the pharmacy sector in Italy (see article attached in Italian). Written by Roberto Turno.
Ornella Barra has been ranked 5th in Fortune Magazine’s 2015 Most Powerful Women – International, three places higher than her previous position of 8th held last year.
Interview to Ornella Barra: what will the future of the group be?
US trade title, Mass Market Retailers, has published a special report about “Retailing’s Most Influential Women” in which Ornella Barra is featured. The piece looks at how the business tailors its strategy according to different markets, the growth of Alphega Pharmacy and the opportunities presented as a result of the recent merger (see article attached).
Italian daily, Il Messaggero, has published an article about the visit of Michelle Obama at Expo Milan 2015, focusing on her meeting with top managers and sponsors of the US Pavillon. The private meeting was held on the terrace of the US pavilion, where Mrs Obama met, among others, Ornella Barra (see attached article in Italian). Written by Maria Latella.
Italian financial daily, Milano Finanza has mentioned Ornella Barra and her role at Walgreens Boots Alliance in an article devoted to the 70 Italian managers at the top multinational companies (see attached article in Italian). Written by Andrea Montanari and Maria Elena Zanini.
Chengdu Economic Daily, one of the most influential daily newspapers in West China with a circulation of 600,000, covered Alliance Boots in three full pages. One of the articles dedicates to Ornella Barra, featuring Ms Barra’s management wisdom, her achievements of developing the Alphega network and her philosophy of pursuing perfectionism. Article written by Cheng Gefan and Jiang Ran.
On how Ms Barra resolves differences within her teams and manages those moments when she disagrees with senior colleagues – “If this happens to my team, I will listen to their views, take them into account and make a decision. Of course I will need wisdom to convince my colleagues. However, if it is a final decision from my boss, with which even if I do not totally agree, this is the company’s decision and I will loyally follow to carry it out. ”
On Alphega Pharmacy network – “I would like to extend Alphega pharmacy to China, but I have always been waiting for a right time.”
On Ms Barra’s life philosophy – “I am in pursuit of perfectionism on my own, meanwhile I wish others to improve from good to better as well. Perfectionism is to always reflect and ask oneself if I could do better. And this is my life philosophy.”
The Chinese trade magazine, Healthcare Executive, publishes an eight page article on the Alphega Pharmacy European Convention which looks into the unique characteristics of the Alphega model, as well as the new services being introduced to members. The article also illustrates how Walgreens Boots Alliance has grown into a global enterprise under the leadership of Stefano Pessina and Ornella Barra (see attached article and translation). Written by Bu Yan. Healthcare Executive – Chinese version
German leading trade title Lebensmittel Zeitung publishes a positive interview with Ornella Barra, which looks at the complementary heritage of Alliance Boots and Walgreens, how to create a good culture within the workplace and women in top management roles (see attached article both in German and English). Written by Mike Dawson
UK trade magazine P3 has published a four page interview with Ornella Barra on the launch of last month’s EPF White Paper. The article looks at the White Paper’s key five actions, the work of the EPF and her involvement (see attached article).
French newspaper, Nice Matin, has featured an interview with Ornella Barra from the Alphega Pharmacy European Convention which looks at Ornella’s new role within Walgreens Boots Alliance, opportunities for the new enterprise and the growth of the beauty industry (see attached article in French). Written by Philippe Courtois.
Monegasque TV channel, Monaco Info TV, has broadcast an interview with Ornella Barra from the Grimaldi Forum where the seventh Alphega Pharmacy European Convention was held. The piece looks at the growth of Alphega Pharmacy along with the recent merger between Alliance Boots and Walgreens to create Walgreens Boots Alliance.
The 6-minute feature positively profiles Ornella’s mantra of “investing in yourself” by “working hard and with passion” that has characterised her approach to her career so far and showcases Alliance Boots brands and products.
Interviewed by Nina Dos Santos.
Mexican national newspaper, Milenio, has published an interview with Ornella Barra. The piece focuses on the potential of the Latin American market, the introduction of Group brands in Mexican stores and the expected merger between Alliance Boots and Walgreens (see attached the translated article in English). Written by Bárbara Anderson.
The Turkish newspaper Capital published an article on the presence of Alliance Boots in Turkey through Hedef Ecza since 2000. The article shows that Turkey is a priority in Alliance Boots business’ strategy. It reveals also the fast grow of the market and future opportunities for the company. (see attached the translated article in English and the original article in Turkish). Written by Hande Yavuz.
The Italian newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, published an article on the Fortune magazine‘s annual edition of ” The 50 Most Powerful Women of Europe, the Middle East and Africa”, where Ornella is placed in 8th position, after having been in the top 15 every year since 2010.
The Italian newspaper, Milano Finanza, published an article on the Fortune magazine‘s annual edition of ” The 50 Most Powerful Women of Europe, the Middle East and Africa”, where Ornella is placed in 8th position, after having been in the top 15 every year since 2010.
The US Fortune Magazine published the prestigious annual Fortune ranking where Ornella Barra is in the Top 10 this year. She’s in 8th position in this year.
The Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, carries an interview with Stefano Pessina and Ornella Barra in which they talk about the Group’s anticipated merger with Walgreens and what the new enterprise, Walgreens Boots Alliance, will mean for the global healthcare industry. Discussion also touches on the Italian economy (see article attached).
Chilean newspaper, Diario La Tercera, publishes a full page interview with Ornella Barra. The article focuses on Alliance Boots acquisition of Farmacias Ahumada, the Chilean pharmaceutical market and the success of the Group’s brands. Written by Lourdes Gomez B.
Corriere Della Sera published an article following the announcement that Alliance Boots and Walgreens will merge in the first quarter of calendar 2015. Ornella Barra is heavily quoted within the piece, commenting on key elements of the partnership, the new name, the new management team and global operational structure. Written by Daniela Polizzi.
Il Sole 24 Ore, Italian daily newspaper, published an article following the announcement that Alliance Boots and Walgreens will merge in the first quarter of calendar 2015. The article focuses on the dimension of the deal, the new management structure and Walgreens decision not to move its headquarters to Europe. Ornella Barra is quoted within the piece. Written by Leonardo Maisano
UK regional newspaper, the Nottingham Post, reports that Alliance Boots and The University of Manchester have renewed their partnership in order to build on the highly successful work already achieved between the two organisations. The article includes comment from Ornella Barra regarding the importance of innovation and scientific research and the commitment to UK-based research. Written by Richard Tressider.
Fortune China publishes a short article entitled ‘Most Powerful Women: My First Job’ in which Ornella Barra is featured. The piece looks at her career progression, from her first job working in a pharmacy in Chiavari, Italy to becoming Chief Executive, Wholesale and Brands, Alliance Boots.
The Spanish newspaper Cinco Días covers the opening of Alliance Healthcare’s new branch in Spain in Fuenlabrada (Madrid). During this interview, Ornella Barra, Chief Executive Wholesale and Brands, Alliance Boots, explains the evolution of the pharmaceutical market and model in Spain and the online sale of pharmaceutical drugs. Written by Noemi Navas.
This video features comments from Ornella Barra and Caitlin Sorrell (Managing Director, Alphega Pharmacy Europe) on how Alphega Pharmacy provides pharmacists with marketing tools and advice to support them and help them succeed now and in the future.
The French newspaper Nice-matin published an interview of Ornella Barra on the occasion of the Alphega Pharmacy European Convention held in Monaco during the 28 and 29 November 2013. In this interview, Ornella Barra talks about her career and shares her vision on the pharmaceutical profession. Written by Aurore Harrouis.
November 2013, Fortune Magazine China (November Issue) published a collection of articles on “Most Powerful Women”. Ornella Barra was selected as the only representative of non-Chinese CEOs ranking high on the list to be featured in the special report. Based on face-to-face interview, the full-pages article explores her entrepreneurial story and management philosophy.
Italian daily, Il Messaggero, publishes a piece on the roles of women in Italian companies, politics and research. It mentions that Ornella Barra is one of the very few Italian women listed in the Forbes global ranking. Written by Maria Latella.
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Ornella Barra has been featured in the Italian women’s magazine D Repubblica as one of the most powerful business woman in the UK, and across the Europe. The article outlines that the women CEO in the 100 British biggest companies are 17.3% when they are only 6% in Italy. Written by Enrico Franceschini.
French trade magazine, Le Quotidien du Pharmacien, features an interview with Ornella Barra following Alliance Boots annual results last week. The piece highlights the global vision for pharmacy, the changing role of the pharmacist and the development of the Group’s product and service brands. Article written by Anne-Gaelle Moulun.
Alliance Boots’ Almus generics range is booming as it capitalises on patent expiries, the company says, so what are the implications for pharmacy?
Ornella Barra has been featured in an article on the use of generics in Chemists and Druggist Magazine.
Ornella Barra is in no doubt: “Generic medicines are the future”, the chief executive of Alliance Boots’ wholesale division tells C+D. “It’s the big evolution at the moment. Not only for the generic manufacturer but for the pharmaceutical industry,” she says. Her confidence may not seem surprising; as a growing number of branded drugs continue to come off patent, the generics market has never looked rosier. Two thirds of prescriptions are for generic medicines and government budgets are starting to benefit, meaning generics usage is at an all-time high. But it is questionable whether all manufacturers share Ms Barra’s confidence and, with category M looking like a permanent fixture of the pharmacy contract, will pharmacists be basking in the bright generics future she envisages?
Alliance Healthcare’s Almus generics range seems to be reaping the benefits of the booming market. The company, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this month, saw its sales rise by more than 30 per cent year-on-year in 2011-12 and it prides itself on being the world’s largest generics-buyer. The company has benefited first-hand from the patent cliff, claiming to be the only generics company to supply Pfizer-manufactured atorvastatin since the manufacturer’s blockbuster Lipitor came off patent in May last year. Prescription volumes of the statin rose by 12 per cent across the country to around 12.8 million packs last year. Almus’s growth and popularity makes its chief executive Tony Foreman confident that the next 10 years will see the company continue to expand. “We have 350 products in the UK and there are about 1,000 generics in the UK so there is still a long way to go,” he says. “Ten years ago no-one would support us but today there is not one manufacturer that’s not banging on our door.” Ms Barra is keen to develop Almus outside Europe. She hints that Alliance Boots’ merger with Walgreens presents a “good opportunity” for the generics company to expand into the US, but stresses that there are no immediate plans in the pipeline.
The whole article is available on the website http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/feature-content/-/article_display_list/15694086/the-future-is-generic and written by Gemma Collins.
The Italian newspaper “XIX secolo” published an article about the gala dinner “Prix Monte Carlo- 2013 Woman of the Year”. Mrs Barra and Alliance Boots, main sponsor of the event were thanked for their constant support on the event. Written by Francesca Villaggio
Leading US trade magazine, Chain Drug Review, features a series of articles focused on the Alphega Pharmacy network and European Pharmacist Forum. The extensive and extremely positive coverage includes a profile piece on Ornella Barra, which positions her as the driving force behind the Alphega Pharmacy network. Written by Scot Meyer www.chaindrugreview.com
German trade magazine Pharma Relations publishes an interview with Ornella Barra on Alliance Boots and Walgreens relationship with AmerisourceBergen. The article notes the motivation behind the deal and the benefits for manufacturers, pharmacists and patients. please see the original article in germanor the translation below.
After their merger last year, Boots and US giant Walgreens are looking to share ideas that will have ramifications across the entire UK pharmacy sector. Written by Emma Weinbren
“It’s nine months since Alliance Boots’ landmark deal with US pharmacy chain Walgreens, and neither company can be accused of dragging its heels.
At the time, the two pharmacy giants set out plans to create savings of up to £95 million between them as part of their vision to become a “global healthcare leader”.
Stefano Pessina, executive chairman of Alliance Boots, vigorously refuted fears that the US company would simply take over the Boots brand. “Why would I do a deal that killed Boots?” he asked critics.
So far, it appears both players have kept their word. Speaking to C+D at the European Pharmacists Forum in Paris earlier this month, chief executive of Alliance Boots’ wholesale division Ornella Barra stresses that the projected cost savings have been the partnership’s initial priority. And Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy, health and wellness at Walgreens, seems eager to learn from Boots rather than simply imposing the Walgreens model on the UK.”
“We’re transforming our format,” he enthuses. “When you see the Boots format – the expertise in beauty – that’s expertise we don’t have… we’re bringing that to our front end.”
With Walgreens poised to buy out the remaining 55 per cent of Alliance Boots in two years’ time, this shared learning is likely to continue. So what could the merger mean for Boots, its pharmacists and pharmacy teams?
by Emma Weinbren
Alliance Boots plans to bridge the gap between its US and European pharmacy operations by signing a 10-year agreement with US wholesaler AmerisourceBergen. The deal would “open new routes for collaboration on new projects and services in the US and beyond”, said Alliance Boots pharmaceutical wholesale division chief executive Ornella Barra.It would primarily be a distribution agreement but would also enable Walgreens and Alliance Boots to buy up to 7 per cent of AmerisourceBergen’s equity for approximately US$800m (£528m), with the option to extend this to 23 per cent by 2017.While the partnership would mainly affect the US – making AmerisourceBergen the main supplier of branded, generic and specialty drugs for Walgreens and enabling daily customer deliveries – Ms Barra said it would also present opportunities to share best practice between the US and UK.
Speaking exclusively to C+D, Ms Barra revealed that the US wholesaler was “highly interested” in launching Alliance Boots’ generic brand Almus and independent network Alphega in the US, although no concrete plans had been made.The partnership could also “change the dynamics of the US healthcare market”, Ms Barra said, hinting that AmerisourceBergen could take its lead from Alliance Boots’ wholesaling model in Europe.” I think that Alliance Boots has demonstrated in Europe the great benefits of having pharmacies working closely with pharmaceutical wholesalers,” Ms Barra explained. “We have shown that we can work equally closely with pharmacy chains, in addition to independent pharmacists.””In the US, and together with AmerisourceBergen, Walgreens and Alliance Boots will explore every avenue and opportunity to further evolve our businesses and bring innovative solutions to market,” Ms Barra added. Alliance Boots estimated that the deal could boost AmerisourceBergen’s annual turnover by US$25 billion (£16.5bn), making it the second largest wholesaler in the US.
Interview with Ornella Barra.
Interview with Ornella Barra in the French magazine Le pharmacien de France.
following an interview with Ornella Barra at the recent Alphega Pharmacy European Convention 2011.
The Financial Times features . The story, includes a brief CV of Ornella which highlights her strong pharmaceutical background and goes into depth when explaining her career path.
For the second consecutive year, annual listing of the “50 most powerful international women in business.” She is placed in ninth position in the list of 50 global leaders.
Published an article noting that Ornella was named as one of the top 10 most powerful women in business, outside the US, for the second year in a row.
One of the most important and influential Italian weekly news magazines, featured a double page interview with Ornella following her ranking in the top ten of Fortune magazine’s 2011 “50 most powerful international women in business”
“Meritocrazia più che quote rosa” the international analysis and commentary online review of the ASPEN Institute Italia, features an article from Ornella Barra on women and professional opportunities in today’s society.
traces her career in the pharmaceutical industry, and gives an updated view of the industry. Ornella underlines to pharmacists that they must embrace change if they want to successfully meet the challenges the future.
The established current affairs programme from Italy’s main news broadcaster profiles Ornella Barra
Hedef’i bölge lideri yapacagiz Ornella Barra is interviewed by Capital regarding the strategic plans for Hedef Alliance, the Turkish wholesale business of Alliance Boots.
This article about Ornella Barra’s ranking in Fortune Magazine’s Global Top 50 Women in Business looks at her established international business profile.
Following Ornella Barra’s ranking in Fortune Magazine’s top 50 global women in business, this article focuses on Ornella’s career path from a small pharmacy to a leading global healthcare company.
A brief history of Ornella Barra from her Pharmacy Degree to becoming the Chief Executive, Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, Alliance Boots.
This article, from the leading regional newspaper in the hometown of the Boots brand, introduces Ornella Barra to Nottingham as being a “driving force Europe’s Healthcare Industry”.
Il Sole 24ore speaks to Ornella Barra, Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, about Alliance Boots acquisition of leading German wholesaler ANZAG.
In an exclusive interview, at the opening of the new Alliance Healthcare Distribution Centre in Exeter UK, Ornella Barra speaks to C+D.
Ornella Barra explains how behind the philosophy and success of Alliance Boots there lies a deep focus on corporate social responsibility.
An article on the new anti-ageing skincare range of Boots Laboratories and the partnership agreement with Procter and Gamble.
On behalf of Alliance Boots, Ornella Barra was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness (HRH) The Prince of Wales on a visit to the home of Boots in Nottingham. This tour gave HRH the opportunity to discover more about the heritage and history of Boots as well as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of Alliance Boots.
Ornella Barra pledges her professional commitment to future pharmacists during her inaugural speech as Honorary Professor at the Nottingham University School of Pharmacy.
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