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Francis X. Dirksmeier Named as President Henry Schein Animal Health - North America

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Henry Schein Animal Health announced today that Francis X. Dirksmeier has joined the Company as President, Henry Schein Animal Health – North America.

Francis X. Dirksmeier

Francis X. Dirksmeier

Dirksmeier brings to Henry Schein Animal Health more than 30 years of commercial and leadership experience, most recently serving as General Manager, GE Healthcare – Global Asset Management and Hospital Operations Management.

“Fran is recognized in the health care industry for being both a visionary leader and a strategic entrepreneur, with a track record for bringing out the best in people to drive growth and business excellence,” said Lonnie Shoff, Chief Executive Officer, Global Animal Health and Strategic Partnership Group. “We are delighted to have an executive of his caliber in a leadership position at Henry Schein Animal Health in the important North American market, and look forward to our mutual success.”

Prior to GE Healthcare, Dirksmeier was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Agility Healthcare Solutions, a provider of enterprise visibility and management of patient flow, assets, beds and rooms, staff, emergency department activities, and surgical services processes in an integrated, modular application. Agility was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2008, and Mr. Dirksmeier subsequently led GE Healthcare’s and Agility’s integrated solutions. Prior to Agility, Dirksmeier was with McKesson Corporation, most recently as President of McKesson Medical-Surgical, its medical supply distribution division.

In his new position, Dirksmeier leads the largest portion of Henry Schein’s global animal health business. Henry Schein Animal Health in North America accounts for nearly half of Henry Schein, Inc.’s global animal health business, which had sales of approximately $2.9 billion in 2014. In addition to North America, Henry Schein’s global animal health business includes operations in 12 European countries, Australia and New Zealand.

Henry Schein Animal Health, based in Dublin, Ohio, is a leading companion animal health distribution company in the United States. The Company employs approximately 900 team members, including 300 field sales representatives and 200 telesales and customer support representatives.With 13 strategically located, state-of-the-art distribution facilities and 10 inside sales centers, the Company maintains a greater than a 99 percent order-fill ratio, accomplishing its mission of providing the right product at the right place and at the right time. Henry Schein Animal Health partners with over 480 channel suppliers to bring veterinarians the broadest selection of products to companion animal, equine and large animal practices including: dentistry, diagnostics, diets, equipment and supplies, nutraceuticals, orthopedics, parasiticides, pharmaceuticals and more. In addition, the Company helps veterinarians grow their practice with its strategic business solutions including AviMark and ImproMed Practice Management Software, Henry Schein Financial Services, Henry Schein ProRepair, HRVetResource, Intelligent Inventory, Leadership Intelligence, MyVetDirect.com Home Delivery, Opperman Manual, Pet I.D. Cards, Privacy Edge Identify Theft Protection, Professional Development Program, VetPressOnline Client Communications, Veterinary Instrumentation®, website development and more. For more information, visit www.henryscheinvet.com.