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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 health companies.

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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