President, Henry Schein Animal Health – North America
Fran Dirksmeier brings more than 30 years of experience to his position as president. He is recognized in the healthcare industry for being both a visionary leader, and a strategic entrepreneur, with a track record of driving growth and operational excellence.
Previously, Dirksmeier co-founded Agility Healthcare Solutions. As its chief executive officer, he grew the company into a multi-million-dollar venture that solved critical equipment management and patient flow problems. The AgileTrac™ solution provides enterprise visibility and management of patient flow, assets, beds and rooms, staff, emergency department activities, and surgical services processes in an integrated, modular application.
As a result of Agility’s proven success, GE Healthcare acquired the company in 2008 and made Dirksmeier the leader of integrated solutions and the general manager of global asset management and hospital operations management platforms. Dirksmeier and team set their sights on tackling more than $100 billion of operational waste in the global healthcare system. This same team was recently recognized with Frost & Sullivan’s 2012 award for Customer Value Enhancement in Hospital Operations Management.
Before co-founding Agility, Dirksmeier was president of McKesson Medical-Surgical, a $3 billion medical supply distribution company and division of McKesson Corporation (MCK). As president, he focused the company’s growth strategies on a platform of operational excellence and customer satisfaction for its acute care, primary care and long-term care business segments.
Dirksmeier’s prior executive management experience includes positions as president and COO of Baker APS, owned by McKesson; vice president of national accounts for McKesson Health Systems, the company's institutional pharmacy business; vice president of strategic business services for the Medical Group; and president of acute care for the Medical Group.
Chief Financial Officer
Sean Henderson is the chief financial officer for Henry Schein Animal Health. Sean leads the Animal Health Finance Department. He is responsible for all financial matters, including accounting, budgeting, tax, and financial reporting, planning and analysis.
Sean brings over 20 years of financial leadership to the role. Prior to joining Henry Schein Animal Health, Sean spent 12 years at McKesson, most recently as vice president/chief financial officer for their fastest growing technology business unit. Prior to that, Sean was the finance leader of the largest region within McKesson’s US pharmaceutical distribution business. Sean’s experience also includes financial leadership roles with World Omni Financial Corp, a JM Family Enterprises subsidiary, and AT&T. Sean earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Tom Forte leads the commercial organization for Henry Schein Animal Health in North America. Prior to that, he led Henry Schein Animal Health's entire sales organization, including our outside and inside sales representatives, as the executive vice president, sales. Before joining Henry Schein Animal Health, Tom was vice president, North America / companion animal and Latin American operations at Norbrook Inc., where he was responsible for operational performance, go-to market approach and strategic planning. Prior to his experience at Norbrook, Tom spent 14 years with Pfizer, Inc. in roles of increasing responsibility culminating his career there as group director, Zoetis (Pfizer Animal Health) – U.S. companion animal division sales. Tom earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.
Chief Information Officer
Chris Berk is the chief information officer for Henry Schein Animal Health. Chris brings more than 20 years of experience in driving change in dynamic, fast-paced environments in consultant and senior management roles. Berk was most recently the Vice President, Director of Enterprise Program Management for inVentiv Health. At inVentiv, Berk established and led the Enterprise Program Management office team.
Prior to inVentiv, Berk spent more than 18 years at Resource Ammirati in roles of increasing responsibility, including CIO, Executive Director of IT Strategy and Operations, and CTO, Executive Director of Digital Technology Practice.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in MIS and an MBA at The Ohio State University - The Max M. Fisher College of Business.
President, Commercial Division
Kim Allen has served as the president of the commercial division for Henry Schein Animal Health since July 2005. Prior to 2005, Kim was the president of Burns Veterinary Supply for the Darby Group Companies. She has over 30 years in the veterinary distribution industry, serving in various sales and marketing and senior executive positions. She has served on the board of directors of the American Veterinary Distributors Association for 14 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Rutgers University. Kim is an avid horse rider and breeder of Oldenburg horses, and shows them in dressage, eventing, and breed shows. She is also a member of the US Equestrian Federation, US Dressage Federation, and US Eventing Association.
Vice President, Human Resources
Marcy Ungar joined Henry Schein Animal Health as the vice president of human resources in May of 2015. She has over 25 years of global human resources experience. Prior to joining Henry Schein Animal Health, Marcy was the senior vice president of human resources for Battelle Memorial Institute, where she was responsible for a full spectrum of human resources functions and programs. She spent 11 years at Battelle in leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to her experience at Battelle Memorial Institute, Marcy held leadership positions at Big Lots and Columbia Gas Distribution Companies. Marcy earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in human resource management at The Ohio State University and an MBA from Xavier University. She was recognized by Women for Economic and Leadership Development in 2015 as a Women You Should Know honoree.
Vice President of Sales Compensation and Sales Operations
Tony Johnson has served Henry Schein Animal Health as vice president of sales compensation and sales operations since 2015. Prior to that, he served Henry Schein Animal Health as the executive vice president, operations division, since January 2011. Before 2011, he was vice president of sales for six years. During his tenure with the company, Tony has also served the as a regional manager, district manager, territory manager, and warehouse associate. Tony holds an Agribusiness Degree from the University of Tennessee.
Vice President of Marketing
Tracy Howard joined Henry Schein Animal Health as vice president marketing in September of 2016. Tracy leads the marketing and advertising department. She is responsible for developing and executing the company's go-to-market strategy.
Tracy has over 20 years marketing experience with the majority of her time spent in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Henry Schein Animal Health, Tracy spent 17 years at Cardinal Health in roles with increasing leadership responsibility. Most recently Tracy was the vice president of global commercialization strategy for Cardinal Health, where she was responsible for domestic and international service commercial strategies within their Medical segment. Prior to her experience at Cardinal Health Tracy spent time in the for-profit educational sector developing go-to-market strategies. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University in Communications and Public Relations.
Vice President of Operations and Logistics Services
Mario Lombardi has been the vice president of operations and logistics services at Henry Schein Animal Health since November 2015. He joined the company as director of operations in January 2014. Mario’s responsibilities include the strategic planning for distribution operations, overseeing the daily operations of our 12 distribution center network, outbound transportation and inventory management.
Mario has 26 years of healthcare supply chain experience, including 14 years with Cardinal Health. He also served in distribution management roles with Exel Logistics and Fisher Scientific.
Mario earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration degree from John Carroll University. He served as a transportation officer in the US Army Reserve and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.
Vice President, Special Markets and Sales Services
Davey Stone has been the vice president, special markets and sales services since 2016. Prior to that, he served Henry Schein Animal Health as the vice president of marketing and sales services since 1999. He has over 30 years of experience in sales and marketing functions within the veterinary distribution market. He joined Butler via the acquisition of Durr Medical's veterinary division in 1997 where he served as director of sales and marketing. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Davey has served on the board of directors of the American Veterinary Distributors Association and VEDCO.
Vice President, Finance
Jim Maurer is the vice president of finance for Henry Schein Animal Health. Jim is responsible for financial planning and analysis, financial reporting and all financial business support. Jim also leads the efforts for strategic planning and business development.
Jim has more than 13 years of finance experience. Jim has served as the director of finance, global commercial, at Hospira. Jim was also with CareFusion, where he was director of corporate financial planning and analysis. He also held roles of increasing responsibility at Cardinal Health.
Jim has Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University of Ohio.
Vice President, Purchasing
Joy Gallo joined Henry Schein Animal Health as the vice president of purchasing in 2016. Prior to joining Henry Schein Animal Health, Gallo held numerous roles at Ashland Distribution, focused on strategic sourcing, procurement, commercial sales, and supply chain. During her time with Ashland, she managed $1.4 billion in global responsibility with teams in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.
Gallo currently serves on the national board of Women for Economic Leadership Development (WELD) in Columbus, Ohio and leads the WELD corporate relations committee. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and completed executive training at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Vice President, Corporate Controller
Ed Thomas has served Henry Schein Animal Health as the vice president and corporate controller since May 2007. Ed formerly served as the controller for Butler Animal Health Supply since 2005, and The Butler Company from 1993 to 2005. Ed joined the company from The ChemLawn Corporation where he served in a variety of capacities, including financial reporting manager and assistant controller. He has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance in the distribution and service industries. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President, Strategic Accounts
Ken Parish is the vice president for strategic accounts at Henry Schein Animal Health. Ken has 30 years of experience in animal health, including 11 years in distribution and 19 years with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. He has held numerous roles in sales and was most recently a national sales director at Hills. His wealth of knowledge of our industry, experience with corporate accounts, relationships with key customers and engaging personality make him a great addition to our team. Ken graduated from Texas A & M University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science.
Elizabeth Ann Ernst
Vice President of Regulatory & Quality Affairs
Elizabeth Ernst is responsible for ensuring that Henry Schein Animal Health Corporate and all Henry Schein Animal Health Distribution Centers located within the continental USA are compliant to all federal and state laws pertaining to FDA, DEA, OSHA, EPA, Radiation Control for Health and Safety and Board of Pharmacies, USDA and state licensing throughout the United States.
Elizabeth has 25 years experience as a Regulatory and Quality Compliance Leader and subject matter expert in new FDA product submission/registrations, state and board of pharmacy (BOP) licensing and certification requirements, regulatory compliance, quality, drug safety, clinical trials, and project management for drugs, medical devices, EPA registered products, and cosmetics. She has developed and led risk evaluation assessments, quality, labeling and compliance strategies in pharmaceutical and medical device development and lifecycle as well as throughout distribution supply chain.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wright State University and a Master's Degree in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from Temple University.