Passantino Joins Vétoquinol USA Leadership Team as National Sales Manager

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Proven Industry Business Development and Sales Expertise Complements Company Growth Plan

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Vétoquinol USA is a progressive company with innovative ideas and a broad range of products that help ensure veterinary success, so there is a great deal of opportunity for growth

Vétoquinol USA is pleased to announce the addition of Charlie Passantino to its leadership team as national sales manager.

Passantino brings more than 20 years of animal health experience, including business and sales management, to Vétoquinol USA. He will be responsible for the company's veterinary channel sales activities.

"With Vetoquinol USA's overarching dedication to pet wellness, Passantino's proven expertise in animal health business development and sales will be a tremendous asset," said Manny Martinez, managing director. "He will be focused on providing veterinarians with products that enable them to practice better medicine while taking advantage of new revenue opportunities."

Prior to joining Vétoquinol, Passantino was vice president of sales for Mars Symbioscience, the veterinary division of Mars, Inc., where he was responsible for managing sales and marketing efforts, including product pricing, packaging, display distribution and new product launches in the United States and United Kingdom.

Passantino's previous experience also includes business development, sales and marketing management positions with Bayer Animal Health, Pfizer Animal Health, Beecham Animal Health, J.R. Simplot and Innovex, Inc. He graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

"Vétoquinol USA is a progressive company with innovative ideas and a broad range of products that help ensure veterinary success, so there is a great deal of opportunity for growth," said Passantino. "Also, as a private company, we can move nimbly to ensure we are meeting our customers' ongoing needs."

Passantino will be based at Vétoquinol USA's headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.

About Vétoquinol
Vétoquinol USA (http://www.vetoquinolusa.com) is owned by Vétoquinol S.A., a family-owned animal health products company founded in 1933 in Lure, France. Vétoquinol, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008, is an independent veterinary pharmaceutical laboratory dedicated exclusively to both the companion animal and livestock markets. The company is the 11th largest laboratory in the world, and nearly 80 percent of its revenues come from outside France. Vétoquinol engages in the research and development, production and marketing of medical and dietary products. Vétoquinol has positioned itself in the curative sector, and has developed expertise in three major therapeutic fields: anti-infectives, pain management and anti-inflammatories, and cardiology and nephrology. The Group currently distributes its products in one hundred countries throughout Europe, North America and Asia, with subsidiaries in 22 different countries and a network of 140 distributor partners. The Company has more than 1,400 employees worldwide.

For more information, contact:
Renee Robinson, (816) 460-3027
Teresa Hanson, (800) 267-5707, ext. 22

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