I always want to build something tangible that can make a real difference in the world.
Ornella Barra is Chief Operating Officer - International for Walgreens Boots Alliance. Her career in healthcare began as a pharmacist, first managing and then setting up her own pharmacy. In 1984 she founded the pharmaceutical wholesaler Di Pharma, which was later taken over by Alleanza Salute Italia. Through organic growth and acquisition the company expanded across Europe including the merger with British UniChem in 1998 and the creation of Alliance UniChem. In 2006 Alliance UniChem merged with Boots the Chemist becoming Alliance Boots - the first pharmacy-led health and beauty group. Then, in 2014 the group merged with Walgreens, one of the largest drug store chains in the US, and became Walgreens Boots Alliance - an integrated healthcare, pharmacy and retail leader.