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Ornella Barra

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

WBA names Gourlay, Barra co-COOs

WBA names Gourlay, Barra co-COOs

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Top Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) executives Alex Gourlay and Ornella Barra have been appointed as co-chief operating officers as part of a realignment of the company’s senior management team. WBA said Thursday that the naming of Gourlay and Barra as co-COOs will help streamline the management of its global operations, which have

WBA increases its stake in AmerisourceBergen

WBA increases its stake in AmerisourceBergen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As part of a long-term partnership announced three years ago, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is enlarging its equity stake in AmerisourceBergen. WBA said Friday that it has exercised warrants to buy more than 22,696,912 shares of AmerisourceBergen common stock for about $1.17 billion. The transaction was funded with cash on hand, and

Coming year will be crucial for the industry

Coming year will be crucial for the industry

As the year 2015 winds down, the chain drug community must face the reality that the coming year will be unlike any that has preceded it. The same drug chains still rule the U.S. landscape. But the content of their character and the face of the people who guide them are vastly different than in

Clout of Barra, Foulkes recognized

Clout of Barra, Foulkes recognized

NEW YORK — Chain drug executives Helena Foulkes and Ornella Barra are among the “Most Powerful Women” in business listed by Fortune magazine. Foulkes, president of CVS/pharmacy, was ranked 14th on the list of 51 women in the U.S. Barra, president and chief executive officer of global wholesale and international retail at Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens Boots Alliance to sponsor world’s fair U.S. pavilion

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance will be a key sponsor of the USA Pavilion at the world’s fair in Milan, Italy, which begins later this week. The company said Wednesday that, along with sponsoring the USA Pavilion, it will have a designated space to showcase Walgreens and Boots retail, service and product offerings. Running May 1 to Oct. 31, Expo

Local insights fuel WBA’s international success

NEW YORK — The Retail Pharmacy International division of Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is growing by adapting its global values to meet the specific needs of consumers in different countries. “The key to international success in pharmacy-led retailing is to have a clear understanding of the brand value, and then to interpret that value in

Barra joins AmerisourceBergen board

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — Ornella Barra, executive vice president of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA), has been elected to the board of directors at AmerisourceBergen Corp. 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.