Jose Barella new CEO at Merial
Jose Barella will succeed Jerry Belle as Executive Chairman of Merial
Ltd., effective June 1st. Merial Ltd. is one of the world's leading animal
Barella has been serving Merial as chief operating officer and head of
business operations since 2005, during which time he has managed all commercial
activities for Merial globally, including sales and marketing for both the
companion animal and production animal businesses, and the commercial functions
that support them. He also heads global supply chain.
Before joining Merial, Barella was the head of Aventis Environmental
Science (AES), where he managed the integration of all Rhone-Poulenc and AgroEvo
assets to form AES, part of Aventis CropScience.
Before that, he was commercial manager for Rhone-Poulenc Agriculture, Ltd.
for the UK and Ireland, and global product manager for a variety of
Rhone-Poulenc agricultural products.
"We are delighted that Jose has agreed to lead Merial," said Judy Lewent,
Merck's chief financial officer and co-chair of Merial's board of directors.
"Jose's broad involvement in every aspect of the organization uniquely qualifies
him to implement Merial's board-approved strategy."
Olivier Jacquesson, of Sanofi-Aventis and also co-chair of the Merial
board, said: "This appointment shows strong support by both shareholders for
Merial and is an endorsement of continuity with the Company's strategy."
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