George Heidgerken has been appointed for a two-year term as president of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH).

George Heidgerken “delighted” to take on new role.

Corporate senior vice-president of Boehringer Ingelheim and global head of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, Mr Heidgerken has extensive and global experience of the animal health sector. Prior to his current position, he sat as president and chief executive of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica.

He said: “I am delighted to take on this new role, especially with the exciting developments we expect to see in the upcoming months. The admirable work of my predecessor, Jeff Simmons, will be built upon; I am grateful to the board for the confidence they have placed in me.

“I am looking forward to enhancing awareness of the animal health sector across the globe. I aim to bring the topics of food security, innovation, pets and prevention of diseases to the forefront of discussions on global health issues. The relationship between animal health and human well-being has never been more pertinent and globally we need to support the research and development of new technologies, to help ensure a sustainable future “

Executive director of IFAH Carel du Marchie Sarvaas added: “Mr Heidgerken joins us during a period of transition. His role will be vital in communicating our vision for a healthier world through an innovative, responsible and sustainable animal health sector. I look forward to working with him on further enhancing a global, unified voice for the animal health industry and in making sure this voice is heard around the world. “

IFAH, a global non-profit organisation, aims to foster greater understanding of animal health matters by being the global voice of the industry in dealing with governments, food chain partners and consumers.

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