Ornella Barra

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Ornella Barra
Ornella Barra at Univ of Nottingham.JPG
Ornella Barra, 2008
Born December 1953 (1953-12) (age 61)
Chiavari, Genoa, Italy
Residence Monaco
Nationality Monegasque
Alma mater University of Genoa
Occupation Company Director
Employer Alliance Boots
Known for Executive Director, Alliance Boots
Title Chief Executive, Wholesale and Brands, Alliance Boots.
Partner(s) Stefano Pessina
Website
www.ornellabarra.com

Ornella Barra (born December 1953) is an Italian-born Monegasque businesswoman. A board member of Alliance Boots and a qualified pharmacist, she has been involved in the healthcare industry for her entire career, and is currently Chief Executive of Wholesale and Brands of Alliance Healthcare.[1] Barra is responsible for the strategy and management of Alliance Healthcare division, which includes overseeing businesses in a total of 20 countries as well as the division’s key functions. In addition to overseeing the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, Ornella is responsible for international retail (outside of UK and Republic of Ireland).[2] She has been the partner of the Italian billionaire Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots, for over 30 years.[3]

Biography[edit]

Ornella Barra was born in December 1953[4] in Chiavari, Genoa, northwest Italy,[5][6] into a family of entrepreneurs.[7] Having graduated as a pharmacist from the University of Genoa in 1979,[5] she worked at the start of her career as a manager of a pharmacy which she then acquired.[citation needed] After building up a successful regional pharmaceutical distribution company, Di Pharma, she later sold the business to Alleanza Farmaceutica, founded and managed by Italian entrepreneur Stefano Pessina, which later grew to become Italy’s leading pharmaceutical wholesaler. He and Barra became partners in both the personal and business senses, sharing a house in Monaco.[8]

Career[edit]

Barra is Chief Executive of Wholesale and Brands of Alliance Boots.[9] Alliance Boots is a private company – it was bought by AB Acquisitions Limited (Stefano Pessina and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts) in July 2007. Alliance Boots was created as a result of a merger between the Boots Group PLC and Alliance UniChem Plc in July 2006.[10] Alliance Boots is present in more than 25* countries with over 108,000* employees and operates more than 3,150* health and beauty retail outlets in nine countries of which just over 3,050* have a pharmacy. * Figures stated are as at 31 March 2014, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.[11]

The Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division is present in 20 countries[12] and supplies over 180,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* distribution centres. Moreover it supports a large network of independent pharmacies and operates a number of owned pharmacies. Barra is also responsible for the strategic development of the Group’s retail businesses and products brands which are marketed outside the UK and Republic of Ireland (under the Boots brand), including Continental Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.[13]* Figures stated are as at 31 March 2014, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.[14]

In 1984, Barra founded a pharmaceutical distribution company in Italy and was made Managing Director two years later, the same year the company was acquired by Alleanza Salute Italia[15] (now Alliance Healthcare Italia). During this time, Barra also contributed to the creation of Alliance Santé, the Franco-Italian group with interests spanning Europe, and was made Board member in 1990.[16] Following Alliance Santé's merger with UniChem in 1997, she then went on to become a Board member and Executive Director of Alliance Unichem.[17]

Barra is an honorary professor [1] of the University of Nottingham's School of Pharmacy where she delivers lectures on the four-year MPharm degree. Barra will also act in an advisory capacity to assist the school in the further development of the course and has joined the External Advisory Board for the school's activity at the University's Malaysia Campus, where it runs the first two years of an MPharm degree fully accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.[18] She is also very active in the European Pharmacists Forum, an organisation that supports European Pharmacists, discussing new ideas and encouraging positive dialogue.

Barra is the Chairman of the Social Responsibilities Committee at Alliance Boots and states that ‘We encourage our employees to become ambassadors for corporate social responsibility.’[19] In April 2013, Ornella Barra was appointed to the Board of Directors of Assicurazioni Generali, one of the most significant players in the global insurance and financial products market. [20]

Timeline[edit]

Ornella Barra opening a Boots Apotheek Retail Store in the Netherlands
1979: Graduated as a pharmacist from Genoa University. Subsequently became a manager and then owner of her own pharmacy
1984: Founded a pharmaceutical distribution company near Genoa, which was later acquired by Alleanza Salute Italia in 1986
1986: Managing Director of Alleanza Salute Italia, which became the first Italian Pharmaceutical Wholesaler to attain national coverage. She also contributed to the creation of the international company Alliance Santé, following a number of acquisitions in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Morocco.
1990: Member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Santé France
1994: Chairman of Alleanza Salute Italia (now Alliance Healthcare Italia)
1997: Executive Director of the Alliance UniChem Board following the merger of Alliance Santé with UniChem to form the Alliance UniChem Group
1998: Member of the Board of Directors of Safa Galenica (Spain)
1999 Founded European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) and appointed Chairman of Alliance UniChem Farmaceutica (Portugal)to July 2005
2005: Appointed as Chairman of Safa Galenica (now Alliance Healthcare Espana) in November and Board Member of Alliance UniChem Farmaceutica (now Alliance Healthcare Portugal)
2006:Following completion of the merger between Alliance UniChem Plc and Boots Group PLC to form Alliance Boots, she became Board member of the new Group and Wholesale and Commercial Affairs Director. She has subsequently grown the Alliance Healthcare business.
2007: Member of the Alliance Boots Board of Directors following the acquisition of the Group by Stefano Pessina and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (AB Acquisitions) in June 2007. Chairperson of the Alliance Boots Social Responsibilities Committee.
2009: Appointed as Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division of Alliance Boots.
2013: Appointed to the Board of Directors of Assicurazioni Generali, the largest insurance company in Italy, in April. Also in September Ornella was appointed as Chief Executive, Wholesale and Brands of Alliance Boots.

Industry-related activities[edit]

Generali[edit]

In April 2013, Ornella Barra was appointed to the Board of Directors of Assicurazioni Generali, the largest insurance company in Italy.[21]

University of Nottingham[edit]

Ornella Barra after presenting her first lecture at the University of Nottingham, May 2008

Barra is a Special Professor at the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy.[22] Barra lectures on the internationalisation of pharmacy business and issues of corporate social responsibility. The lectures[23] are designed for students studying the school’s four-year MPharm degree.

Barra is also committed to progressing the school’s development and is a member of the External Advisory Board for the Malaysia campus. Here students can undertake the first two years of an MPharm degree fully accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

European Pharmacists Forum(EPF)[edit]

Barra founded, and is an executive director of the European Pharmacists Forum whose main aims are to support a European and transversal approach to the profession. The EPF brings together the 150,000 pharmacist customers of Alliance Boots to facilitate the discussion of new ideas, the sharing of best practice and the exchange of positive dialogue between public authorities and manufactures. The EPF members represent 10 countries: the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey and Germany.[24]

IFPW[edit]

The role of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW) is to help its members and stakeholders advance the safe, efficient and continuous access to pharmaceuticals on a global scale. This is achieved through the promotion of good distribution practices and services.[25]

ADF[edit]

Barra was President of l'Associazione Distributori Farmaceutici (ADF) (association of pharmaceutical distributors) from 2006-09.[26] The ADF aims to highlight, on behalf of its members, the social role of pharmaceutical wholesalers; Ensuring delivery of a full range of medicines to pharmacies and patients in a controlled environment guaranteeing the quality of the transport.

ECR Europe[edit]

Barra became an Executive Member of ECR Europe (Efficient Consumer Response) in 2007.[27] ECR Europe's vision is to work together to fulfil consumer wishes better, faster and at a lower cost, with a shared business process leading to mutual benefits across the value chain.[clarification needed]

Personal life[edit]

She has been the partner of Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots, for over 30 years.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World's most influential women in business - My first job (Chinese language)". Fortune China. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.ifpw.com/barra.htm
  3. ^ "Work is the drug that keeps Boots billionaire on song". The Sunday Times. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ According to Bloomberg Businessweek she was aged 57 when her profile was retrieved on 28 August 2010; Simon Bowers, ‘Unichem's low-key Ornella Barra’, The Guardian, 5 August 2005, describes her as 51.
  5. ^ a b ‘Biography’, ornellabarra.com
  6. ^ Felsted, Andrea. "The cool chemist with health as a “hobby”". Financial Times. The Financial Times Ltd. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Simon Bowers, ‘Unichem's low-key Ornella Barra’, The Guardian, 5 August 2005.
  8. ^ , Harry Wallop ‘Business profile: A recluse who keeps making the headlines’, The Telegraph, 31 March 2007.
  9. ^ "World's most influential women in business - My first job (Chinese language)". Fortune China. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  10. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/5231254.stm
  11. ^ http://www.corporateregister.com/reviews/item/?n=155
  12. ^ http://www.alliance-healthcare.net/aboutUs/internationalDimension/internationalDimension.html
  13. ^ http://www.boots.com/en/BRI_538122/
  14. ^ http://www.corporateregister.com/reviews/item/?n=155
  15. ^ http://www.ifpw.com/2008gmm/bus_speakers.htm
  16. ^ http://www.thepharmaletter.com/file/35943/unichem-farmaceuticaalliance-sante-merger.html
  17. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2005/aug/05/executivepay.uknews3
  18. ^ http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/public-affairs/press-releases/index.phtml?menu=pressreleasesarchive&code=SPE-109/08&create_date=22-may-2008
  19. ^ http://www.allianceboots.com/CorporateSocialResponsibilityReport2008-09/about/index.html
  20. ^ http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2013/04/29/ornella-barra-dallimpero-globale-di-alliance-boots.html
  21. ^ http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2013/04/29/ornella-barra-dallimpero-globale-di-alliance-boots.html
  22. ^ http://communications.nottingham.ac.uk/News/Article/Special_professorship_for_Alliance_Boots_board_member.html
  23. ^ http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Pharmacy/News/OrnellaBarra.aspx
  24. ^ http://www.europeanpharmacistsforum.com/html/en/epfOverview/epfOverview.html
  25. ^ http://www.ifpw.com/index.html
  26. ^ http://www.adfsalute.it/presentazione/comitatopresidenza.asp
  27. ^ http://ecr-all.org/about-ecr-europe/organisation-and-principles/executive-board/ (subscription required)
  28. ^ "Work is the drug that keeps Boots billionaire on song". The Sunday Times. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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