ANIMALCARE, the veterinary medicines supplier, has recruited an industry heavyweight to bolster its board.
George Gunn joins the Yorkshire business as a non-executive director with immediate effect.
He recently stepped down as head of the animal health division and from the executive committee of Novartis following last month’s sale of division.
Animalcare said Mr Gunn has extensive experience in animal health pharmaceuticals over a 30-year career including the Wellcome Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceutical, Pharmacia Corporation and Novartis, where he has worked since 2003.
In his early career, Mr Gunn worked as a veterinary practitioner in Scotland before joining the Ministry of Agriculture as a veterinary officer advising on notifiable disease issues.
James Lambert, chairman of Animalcare, said: “I am very pleased to welcome George Gunn on to the board of Animalcare.
“George’s achievements in animal health are extensive and impressive in equal measure. George will complement the skills of the existing board members and bring additional commercial and product development experience to the team to help deliver our strategy.
“We are very excited by the additional momentum provided by George’s appointment and believe the future is looking bright for the business.”
Mr Gunn is a qualified veterinary surgeon, a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and has an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine and surgery from the University of Edinburgh.
He is a past chairman of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and past-president of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH).