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
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
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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