Morris Animal Foundation gets new CEO

Dr. John Reddington brings deep corporate experience to the research-focused institution

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Veterinary industry veteran John Reddington, DVM, Ph.D., has been named president and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation.

The appointment, announced Monday, moves Dr. Reddington from his most recent job as a consultant to head of a Denver-based charity that since 1948 has awarded more than $100 million in grants to support animal health studies.

“Dr. Reddington brings to Morris Animal Foundation a wealth of experience across a broad range of animal health-related enterprises,” board trustee Walt George said. “His entrepreneurial history and strong leadership skills, combined with his veterinary background and research training, make him uniquely qualified to lead the foundation.”

Reddington replaces George, who served as interim CEO after David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., resigned last fall. Dr. Haworth this month was named president of PetSmart Charities.

A 1988 Washington State University veterinary college graduate, Reddington has held a number of corporate positions. Among them: founder of the animal diagnostic company DiagXotics Inc., senior vice president of research and development at the biotechnology firm Valentis Inc., president and CEO of device manufacturer Sirtex Medical Inc., and chief operating officer at the laboratory services company Cambridge Biomedical Inc.

Reddington takes over a nonprofit organization that plays a leading role in supporting research into the health of dogs, cats, horses and wildlife. The organization currently is funding more than 40 pet cancer studies at a cost of nearly $6 million, Morris reported.

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