2015/08/03 - Career

Virbac appoints Francesca Cortella as head of group Human Resources department


Virbac has announced the appointment of Francesca Cortella as head of its group Human Resources department. Francesca Cortella will join the Strategic Committee and Executive Committee for France. 

She will report directly to Éric Marée, Chairman of the Executive Board of Virbac, who explains: 
In a context where 86% of Virbac’s turnover is now international, and so are nearly 3,200 of our employees (71% of our staff are based outside France), Francesca brings to Virbac her extensive experience of the human resources function and a truly international perspective, which fully qualify her to successfully continue the development of a global human resources function.

Francesca Cortella’s primary task will be to speed up the development of the Human Resources function on an international level and thereby equip Virbac with a Human Resources function on a global scale, in line with the presence of its teams around the world.
She will head up a 21-strong team in Carros with HR channels in 11 countries. 

Francesca Cortella is an Italian national and has spent 14 years with the ALSTOM Group. She occupied several Human Resources management posts in Milan and Paris before becoming Director of Human Resources of the “Steam” Division in 2011, based in Switzerland.

She began her career in 1997 as a consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in Turin, before working for an IT services company in Milan, Razorfish, and then joined the ALSTOM Group in 2001. Francesca Cortella graduated from the University of Turin, specialising in psychology and employment law, and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from ISTUD (leading independent business school in Italy).