June 10, 2011

The Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division of Alliance Boots today announces two key appointments for its businesses in France and Spain.

Joaquim Fausto Ferreira (Managing Director of Alliance Healthcare España) is appointed as Managing Director of Alliance Healthcare France, reporting to Ornella Barra (Chief Executive, Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, Alliance Boots). Consequently, Olivier Feray (former interim Managing Director of Alliance Healthcare France) takes up the role of Company Secretary (Secrétaire Général) for Alliance Healthcare France, reporting to Joaquim.

Stefano Dessena (Upstream Commercial Director for Alliance Healthcare España) is appointed as Managing Director of Alliance Healthcare España, replacing Joaquim Fausto Ferreira. He reports to Terry Scicluna (Managing Director, International).

Ornella Barra said: “Joaquim and Stefano have a wealth of experience and knowledge which will prove invaluable to their respective businesses and the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division as well as our Group as a whole. They will focus on further developing our new business model which is focused on meeting the needs of consumers and patients in partnership with manufacturers and independent pharmacists.”


Editor's Notes:

Joaquim Fausto Ferreira joined the Group 17 years ago and has held a number of commercial and marketing roles within the Wholesale Division including Director of Business Development for Alliance Healthcare Portugal and most recently, Managing Director of Alliance Healthcare España since July 2008. He is a member of the board of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society.

Stefano joined the Group’s Spanish business in July 2010 from Italian pharmaceutical company Sesderma. Prior to this, he held senior positions with several pharmaceutical businesses (Rottapharm Madaus and INDO). In the early part of his career, he worked in the beauty industry for companies including Vichy and Avon Cosmetics.

Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group offering a wide range of products and services to our customers working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists. Our two core business activities are pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling and distribution. Alliance Boots is privately-owned and employs over 115,500* people. Its wholesale and distribution network serves over 160,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* pharmaceutical wholesale distribution centres in 21* countries. It operates more than 3,280* health and beauty retail stores in 11* countries, of which just under 3,180* have a pharmacy.

* Figures stated are as at 31 March 2011, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact: 

Yves Romestan / Sanam Conway, Alliance Boots. Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871400
Anjali Unnikrishnan / Katie Johnson, Finsbury. Tel: +44 (0) 207 251 3801

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