Barra, who also serves as president and chief executive officer of global wholesale and international retail, fills the vacancy created by Greg Wasson’s resignation from the board on January 9.
WBA is entitled to designate a director, including any successor director to fill an unexpired term, to the AmerisourceBergen board as part of its strategic long-term relationship with the company.
“We are pleased to have Ornella join the board,” said Richard Gozon, board chairman. “Her extensive experience in wholesale pharmaceutical distribution and international health and pharmaceutical retail industries and strategic insight will be an asset to our board, particularly as we continue to grow our global operations. Barra also provides a valuable perspective on our strategic relationship and collaboration with Walgreens Boots Alliance.”
AmerisourceBergen president and CEO Steven Collis says Barra “has a deep understanding of the needs of our customers, including pharmacists, and the demands of running a global enterprise. I am confident that Ornella will contribute in countless ways as we continue to advance AmerisourceBergen’s strategic goals and objectives.”
Barra previously served as chief executive of wholesale and brands of Alliance Boots. She had been chief executive of the pharmaceutical wholesale division of Alliance Boots (from January 2009 to September 2013) and, before that, wholesale and commercial affairs director.