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Ornella Barra

Alex Gourlay named Retailer of the Year

Alex Gourlay named Retailer of the Year

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To the casual observer, the dominant story line at Walgreens might appear to be the phased acquisition of 1,932 drug stores and related assets from Rite Aid Corp., and plans for their subsequent assimilation. But, important as the deal is, it shouldn’t be allowed to obscure other compelling developments at Walgreens Boots

Alphega Pharmacy looks to the future

MONTE CARLO, Monaco — The Alphega Pharmacy network, part of the Alliance Healthcare arm of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA), recently held its eighth European convention here, attracting more than 1,200 attendees from nine different countries. Based on the theme “Close to You,” the gathering featured presentations on health care innovation, global market developments and

WBA’s Barra keynotes Alphega Pharmacy convention

WBA’s Barra keynotes Alphega Pharmacy convention

MONACO — Ornella Barra, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, addressed members of the company’s Alphega Pharmacy network at its 2017 European Convention. The event, held March 27 and 28, drew more than 1,200 Alphega delegates from nine countries to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Barra spoke to delegates on Tuesday in a keynote

New report charts extent of WBA’s efforts in CSR

WASHINGTON — There was a time not all that many years ago when corporate social responsibility (CSR) was viewed by most companies as a second- or third-tier priority, something good to do but not a central part of the business model. That thinking has changed radically in recent years, with CSR taking its rightful place

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

The leaders are there; who will stand out in chain drug?

Going into the new year, several key personnel questions await answers, foremost among them the age-old problem of determining who, in 2017, will emerge as the most influential senior staffers at America’s drug chains. The determination is made more difficult by the fact that, as of this writing, Walgreens’ acquisition of Rite Aid remains unresolved.

WBA’s efforts recognized by the UN Foundation

WBA’s efforts recognized by the UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation last month recognized five individuals and organizations whose support has helped the UN address a range of serious issues around the globe. Honorees included President Obama for his efforts to end armed conflict and fight climate change; Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme; Maina Kiai, UN special rapporteur

Barra accepts UN leadership award for WBA

Barra accepts UN leadership award for WBA

Ornella Barra, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, accepted a United Nations Foundation 2016 Global Leadership Award on behalf of the company at a ceremony in Manhattan. WBA was recognized for its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” vaccination campaign, which donates a polio or measles vaccine to a child in need for every

WBA honored with UN Global Leadership Award

WBA honored with UN Global Leadership Award

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is receiving a United Nations Foundation 2016 Global Leadership Award for its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” vaccination campaign. WBA said co-chief operating officer Ornella Barra will accept the award on behalf of the company tonight at the UN Foundation Global Leadership Awards Dinner in New York.

Barra, Foulkes on most powerful women list

NEW YORK — CVS Pharmacy president Helena Foulkes and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. co-chief operating officer Ornella Barra were among those recognized by Fortune magazine as the “Most Powerful Women” in business for 2016. Foulkes, who is also executive vice president of CVS Health, was ranked 12th on the list of 51 women in the

WBA strikes franchising deal in South Korea

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) has signed an agreement to form a franchise partnership with Emart Co., a subsidiary of South Korea’s largest retailer, Shinsegae Group. Under the terms of the partnership, the two companies will create a pharmacy-led health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea operating under the Boots banner.

As FTC weighs Rite Aid deal, WBA moves ahead

As FTC weighs Rite Aid deal, WBA moves ahead

It has been slightly more than nine months since Walgreens Boots Alliance agreed to acquire Rite Aid in a $17.2 billion all-cash transaction. Since that time, speculation about whether the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger will pass muster with the Federal Trade Commission has become a staple of discussion for people involved in community pharmacy and the

WBA to open Boots stores in South Korea

WBA to open Boots stores in South Korea

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) plans to form franchise partnership with Emart Co. Ltd., a leading hypermarket retailer in South Korea. WBA said the first Boots stores are slated to open before the end of the first half of next year. Under the agreement, the Boots stores will be located in shopping malls,

WBA appoints Gourlay, Barra to drive operations

WBA appoints Gourlay, Barra to drive operations

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Alex Gourlay and Ornella Barra have been named co-chief operating officers of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA). Gourlay had been president of Walgreens, and Barra president and chief executive of global wholesale and international retail. Both had also been executive vice presidents of WBA. In his new role, Gourlay will oversee Walgreens

Analysis: Naming of co-COOs right step for WBA

Analysis: Naming of co-COOs right step for WBA

The appointment of Alex Gourlay and Ornella Barra as co-chief operating officers of Walgreens Boots Alliance signals the start of a new stage in the process of forging the two companies that came together to form WBA at the close of 2014 into a new corporate culture. The two executives, whose talent, experience and leadership