Lyon, France – February 1, 2016 -  Merial, the animal health division of Sanofi today announced the appointment of Pierluigi Crippa to the position of Head of Business Operations Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).  He will report to Steffen Saltofte, Head of the Global Business Operations at Merial. Covering 93 countries, EMEA is the second largest region in Merial with a broad portfolio across the pets, equine, avian, livestock and swine businesses. Pierluigi will be responsible for leading the commercial operations and implementing the growth strategies in the region.

Pierluigi Crippa has a long experience in Merial. He joined Rhône Merieux in 1993 as General Manager & General Director of Istituto di Sviluppo Biologico Italiano. In 1997, he became General Manager for Merial in Italy and in 2000 Head of Avian Global Enterprise.

He moved to the position of Merial Italy Country Manager in 2005 before becoming the Head of EMEA Emerging Markets in 2012.

Europe is a key region for Merial with very diverse markets and a competitive environment. There is no doubt that Pierluigi’s experience and proven track record will strengthen the EMEA Region."

Steffen Saltofte, Head of Global Business Operations, Merial

Pierluigi Crippa is a graduate of the University of Milan and holds a PhD in Animal Science.

About Merial

Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health and well-being of a wide range of animals. Merial employs 6,600 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with over €2 billion of sales in 2014. Merial has three main business areas: pets, farm animals, and veterinary public health. Our pharmaceuticals and vaccines focus on disease prevention and overall health and wellness in animals, and target more than 200 diseases and conditions across a variety of species.

Merial is a Sanofi company. For more information, please see www.merial.com; @Merial  

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