Ornella Barra is Co-Chief Operating Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., overseeing the Retail Pharmacy International Division businesses outside the UK and Republic Of Ireland and the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, as well as Global Human Resources, Global Communications, Global IT function, Global Brands, CSR for the group and other business services.
Over more than 30 years, she has held several roles and responsibilities, as member of the Boards of Directors of various legacy 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.
In January 2015, Ornella was appointed to the Board of Directors of AmerisourceBergen.
In April 2013, Ornella was appointed as an independent member of the Board of Assicurazioni Generali.
In 2003-2009, Ornella held the office of President of the Italian Pharmaceutical Wholesalers Association (ADF), of which she is currently vice president.
Ornella sits on the board of directors of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW), of which she was named Chairman in October 2014.
She is also a member of the board of ECR Europe (Efficient Consumer Response).
Ms. Barra is also Chairman of the CSR Committee for Walgreens Boots Alliance. In this role, she oversees all corporate social responsibility activities across the Company.
Key initiatives include Walgreens’ fund raising to combat child poverty on Red Nose Day; Boots UK partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support; the Group’s pan-European partnership with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC); Walgreens’ program ‘Get a Shot Give a Shot’; Walgreens’ partnership with Vitamin Angels; continued fund raising for BBC Children In Need in the UK; the Group’s partnership with WE Charity.