Industry People On The Move

A list of big names on the move in the veterinary industry.

Celebrating its 85th anniversary, family-owned Andis Co. underwent several promotions.

• Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., has named Lynne Miller as its compliance director. Miller, who has experience in insurance regulatory compliance and claims litigation, will be responsible for assessing, improving, administering and overseeing VPI’s Corporate Compliance Program.

• Abaxis Inc.’s Chief Operations Officer Robert Milder has retired. Until the appointment of a new operations executive, President and Chief Executive Officer Clint Severson will oversee all operating functions. Abaxis is based in Union City, Calif.

• ImproMed Inc. of Oshkosh, Wis., has named Dean Miller its new south central regional manager. Miller’s responsibilities will be to provide ImproMed products and services to veterinarians in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

• Urine-Off maker Bio-Pro Research LLC of Sarasota, Fla., pegged Richard Kaplan as its new president. Kaplan has spent the past 19 years with Levi Strauss and Co., ultimately becoming its national director of sales and retail marketing.

• Alpharma Inc. of Bridgewater, N.J., has named Thomas Spellman III its executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Spellman has more than 10 years of pharmaceutical legal experience. He replaces the company’s incumbent chief legal officer, Robert Wrobel, who will be retiring following 10 years of service.

• As part of a broader business unit realignment effective July 1, Procter & Gamble, headquartered in Cincinnati, promoted Robert Steele, group president of global household care, to vice chair of global health and well-being, the business unit that includes P&G’s pet care business, pharmaceuticals, oral care, coffee, snacks and feminine care. Steele reports to Susan Arnold, who was promoted from vice chair of beauty and health to president of global business units. Arnold reports to chairman and chief executive officer A.G. Lafley.

• The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society and the Regulatory Affairs Certification Board have awarded Eden Venti, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs head for Wedgewood Pharmacy, the Regulatory Affairs Certification. She has also received her master of science degree in quality assurance and regulatory affairs from the Temple University School of Pharmacy.

• Eli Lilly and Co. President and Chief Operating Officer John Lechleiter, Ph.D., will assume the role of chief executive officer on April 1. He replaces CEO and Chairman of the Board Sidney Taurel, who spent nearly 37 years with the company. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is parent company of Elanco Animal Health in Greenfield, Ind.

• Biopure Corp. of Cambridge, Mass., has named David Butler as interim chief financial officer. He most recently served as vice president of finance and business administration at the Millard Group Inc., a services and consulting company. Francis Murphy, Biopure’s former CFO, retired in December and will consult for the company for six months.

• Fort Dodge Animal Health of Overland Park, Kan., has promoted David Juda to director of marketing for the livestock and equine product lines. Fort Dodge has also promoted Steve Hoffman to director of marketing for the companion animal product line.

• Celebrating its 85th anniversary, family-owned Andis Co. recently promoted vice president of sales for the professional division Matt K. Andis to executive vice president, vice president of market development Marcia Andis to senior vice president of market development and vice president of finance Laura Andis to senior vice president of finance.

• Sumitomo Corp. of America has named Koichi Isohata as chairman of its subsidiary animal healthcare company, Summit VetPharm LLC, based in Fort Lee, N.J. Isohata spent more than 15 years as head of Sumitomo’s Household Insecticides and Agrochemical business in Tokyo, and served as general manager for the Petcare business in the Life Science Division, Chemical and Electronics Business Unit.

• Professional Veterinary Products Ltd. of Omaha, Neb., has named Daryl Schraad as its vice president of sales and marketing. He will be responsible for the planning and the implementation of the sales and marketing operations for the company. Prior, Schraad was senior vice president of sales and business development for VetCentric, an online animal health products provider.

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