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All of our events are only possible because of our network of speakers, advisors, partners and attendees who continue to help develop and inform our series, ensuring that we remain the industry's most premier and relevant innovation series. Read more about the global Animal Health Innovation Series community below

Advisory Board

The Global Advisory Board is a prestigious group of individuals with extensive experience in the animal health industry. This group is responsible for guiding the production and development of the global Animal Health Innovation Series.

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Author:

Laurent Genet

Chief Strategy Officer
Nutreco

Laurent Genet joined Nutreco in 2007. He has held a variety of senior management positions in Europe and Asia related to livestock and aquaculture nutrition, health and farming.

Earlier in his career, Laurent worked internationally for the largest French feed producer. He is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Laurent also studied at both the London Business School in the UK, and Affärshögskolan in Norway from which he earned qualifications in business management. 

With a key focus on innovation, Laurent has contributed to Nutreco’s overarching purpose of feeding the future in numerous ways. He spearheaded the company’s first operations in Southeast Asia for both Trouw Nutrition and Skretting, as well as introducing shrimp as a new species for Skretting. Laurent also led the creation of NuFrontiers – Nutreco’s corporate venturing arm. Latterly, he has been heavily involved in identifying and bringing forward new initiatives in the fields of digital technologies, biotechnologies and alternative proteins. With 30 years of experience in animal nutrition, health and farming gained around the world, Laurent has a very clear understanding of the need to be able to look beyond current circumstances in order to prepare for the future.

Laurent Genet

Chief Strategy Officer
Nutreco

Laurent Genet joined Nutreco in 2007. He has held a variety of senior management positions in Europe and Asia related to livestock and aquaculture nutrition, health and farming.

Earlier in his career, Laurent worked internationally for the largest French feed producer. He is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Laurent also studied at both the London Business School in the UK, and Affärshögskolan in Norway from which he earned qualifications in business management. 

With a key focus on innovation, Laurent has contributed to Nutreco’s overarching purpose of feeding the future in numerous ways. He spearheaded the company’s first operations in Southeast Asia for both Trouw Nutrition and Skretting, as well as introducing shrimp as a new species for Skretting. Laurent also led the creation of NuFrontiers – Nutreco’s corporate venturing arm. Latterly, he has been heavily involved in identifying and bringing forward new initiatives in the fields of digital technologies, biotechnologies and alternative proteins. With 30 years of experience in animal nutrition, health and farming gained around the world, Laurent has a very clear understanding of the need to be able to look beyond current circumstances in order to prepare for the future.

Author:

Sébastien Huron

Chief Executive Officer
Virbac

Sébastien Huron

Chief Executive Officer
Virbac

Author:

Jean-Luc Michel

Senior Vice President, Head of Global Strategic Marketing
Boehringer Ingelheim

After graduating from the University of Pharmacy of Lyon with a Doctorate and from EM Lyon Business School with an MBA, Jean-Luc Michel started his career by creating his own consultancy company. He joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1991 spending 10 years developing a solid expertise in consumer healthcare and nutrition. During this period, he held a variety of senior marketing and sales management positions in France at Monsanto (Searle) and at Johnson&Johnson / Merck & Co where he was an Executive Committee member of the French subsidiary.

In 2001, Jean-Luc joined Merial, a leader in the animal health industry, where he held some key senior roles, such as EMEA Marketing Director of the Companion Animal Global Enterprise; Head of Marketing EMEA; Executive Marketing Director (Pet Business) in the US; VP, Head of Pet Vet Business Unit; and in 2016 joined the Executive Committee of Merial as Head of Global Commercial Development.

After the acquisition of Merial by Boehringer Ingelheim, Jean-Luc was appointed Head of Global Companion Animal Strategic Business Unit and became a member of the Executive Committee of the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Business Unit.

Jean-Luc Michel

Senior Vice President, Head of Global Strategic Marketing
Boehringer Ingelheim

After graduating from the University of Pharmacy of Lyon with a Doctorate and from EM Lyon Business School with an MBA, Jean-Luc Michel started his career by creating his own consultancy company. He joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1991 spending 10 years developing a solid expertise in consumer healthcare and nutrition. During this period, he held a variety of senior marketing and sales management positions in France at Monsanto (Searle) and at Johnson&Johnson / Merck & Co where he was an Executive Committee member of the French subsidiary.

In 2001, Jean-Luc joined Merial, a leader in the animal health industry, where he held some key senior roles, such as EMEA Marketing Director of the Companion Animal Global Enterprise; Head of Marketing EMEA; Executive Marketing Director (Pet Business) in the US; VP, Head of Pet Vet Business Unit; and in 2016 joined the Executive Committee of Merial as Head of Global Commercial Development.

After the acquisition of Merial by Boehringer Ingelheim, Jean-Luc was appointed Head of Global Companion Animal Strategic Business Unit and became a member of the Executive Committee of the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Business Unit.

Author:

Kathy V. Turner

Corporate Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer
IDEXX

Ms. Turner has been Corporate Vice President of IDEXX since May 2014 and leads the Company’s Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) Companion Animal Commercial Operations. Prior to joining the Company, from 1987 to May 2014, Ms. Turner held various leadership positions at Abbott Laboratories, Inc., a broad-based healthcare company that manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, medical products and diagnostics. Most recently, Ms. Turner was Divisional Vice President of European Commercial Operations for the Diagnostics Division from 2011 to 2014, and prior to that, Divisional Vice President of Global Strategic Operations for the Diagnostics Division from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Syracuse University.

Kathy V. Turner

Corporate Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer
IDEXX

Ms. Turner has been Corporate Vice President of IDEXX since May 2014 and leads the Company’s Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) Companion Animal Commercial Operations. Prior to joining the Company, from 1987 to May 2014, Ms. Turner held various leadership positions at Abbott Laboratories, Inc., a broad-based healthcare company that manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, medical products and diagnostics. Most recently, Ms. Turner was Divisional Vice President of European Commercial Operations for the Diagnostics Division from 2011 to 2014, and prior to that, Divisional Vice President of Global Strategic Operations for the Diagnostics Division from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Syracuse University.

Author:

Linda Rhodes

Independent and ex- CSO of Aratana Therapeutics

Dr. Rhodes has 28 years of accomplishments in human and animal drug discovery, development, biomedical research, and clinical veterinary medicine.

Dr. Rhodes was educated at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (VMD) and Cornell University (PhD). She has 28 years of accomplishments in human and animal drug discovery, development, biomedical research, and clinical veterinary medicine. She has an extensive background in physiology, veterinary medicine, and molecular biology. As a senior research fellow at Merck Research Laboratories for 10 years, she led pre-clinical biology evaluation of several marketed human drugs. Dr. Rhodes practiced clinical veterinary medicine for five years, with experience in both companion and farm animal practice. She worked for Merial Ltd. as director of development projects, leading project teams developing novel compounds for a variety of indications and headed new technology assessment, leading the evaluation of licensing opportunities. In April 2001, she formed AlcheraBio, a consulting, marketing, communications and contract research firm specializing in developing new drugs for animals, working with biotechnology and animal health companies, with clients in the US, European Union, Canada and Australia. AlcheraBio was acquired in 2008 by Argenta, and in 2011, Dr. Rhodes accepted a position as CEO of Aratana Therapeutics, a company developing innovative new medicines for dogs and cats, and subsequently, when the company became public (PETX) served as its Chief Scientific Officer. During her tenure, development was completed on three new pet therapeutics: two new molecules with novel mechanisms of actions were approved by the FDA, and a third drug had FDA registration completed and was approved in August, 2016. She is currently retired and an independent consultant. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ImmuCell (NASDAQ: ICCC) and the Alliance for Contraception in Dogs and Cats, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Found Animals Foundation. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Animal Science program at Rutgers University.

Linda Rhodes

Independent and ex- CSO of Aratana Therapeutics

Dr. Rhodes has 28 years of accomplishments in human and animal drug discovery, development, biomedical research, and clinical veterinary medicine.

Dr. Rhodes was educated at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (VMD) and Cornell University (PhD). She has 28 years of accomplishments in human and animal drug discovery, development, biomedical research, and clinical veterinary medicine. She has an extensive background in physiology, veterinary medicine, and molecular biology. As a senior research fellow at Merck Research Laboratories for 10 years, she led pre-clinical biology evaluation of several marketed human drugs. Dr. Rhodes practiced clinical veterinary medicine for five years, with experience in both companion and farm animal practice. She worked for Merial Ltd. as director of development projects, leading project teams developing novel compounds for a variety of indications and headed new technology assessment, leading the evaluation of licensing opportunities. In April 2001, she formed AlcheraBio, a consulting, marketing, communications and contract research firm specializing in developing new drugs for animals, working with biotechnology and animal health companies, with clients in the US, European Union, Canada and Australia. AlcheraBio was acquired in 2008 by Argenta, and in 2011, Dr. Rhodes accepted a position as CEO of Aratana Therapeutics, a company developing innovative new medicines for dogs and cats, and subsequently, when the company became public (PETX) served as its Chief Scientific Officer. During her tenure, development was completed on three new pet therapeutics: two new molecules with novel mechanisms of actions were approved by the FDA, and a third drug had FDA registration completed and was approved in August, 2016. She is currently retired and an independent consultant. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ImmuCell (NASDAQ: ICCC) and the Alliance for Contraception in Dogs and Cats, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Found Animals Foundation. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Animal Science program at Rutgers University.

Author:

Glenn David

Executive Vice President and Group President, International Operations
Zoetis Inc.

Glenn David

Executive Vice President and Group President, International Operations
Zoetis Inc.

Author:

Alan Mackay

Executive Partner and Founder
GHO Capital

Alan Mackay

Executive Partner and Founder
GHO Capital

Author:

Dave Ross

Chief Executive Officer
Agri-EPI Centre Ltd

Dave Ross

Chief Executive Officer
Agri-EPI Centre Ltd

Author:

Thomas Zerzan

President Companion Animal
Phibro Animal Health

Thomas Zerzan

President Companion Animal
Phibro Animal Health

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