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Juan Ramón Alaix was appointed chief executive officer of Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) in July 2012. In this role, he leads the world’s largest company with a singular focus on animal health medicines and vaccines. He is a member of the Zoetis Board of Directors.
Juan Ramón served as president of Pfizer Animal Health since 2006, where he was responsible for the overall strategic direction and financial performance of the company. Under his leadership, the company grew to become a $4.2 billion enterprise in 2011 with more than 9,500 employees in more than 70 countries.
He joined Pfizer from Pharmacia in 2003 as regional president. He has 35 years’ experience of increasing responsibility in finance, sales and management, including 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry. In the 1990s, Juan Ramón served in general management with Rhône-Poulenc Rorer in Spain and Belgium before becoming country president of Spain for Pharmacia in 1998.
In 2011, Juan Ramón was elected to a two-year term as president of the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) in addition to serving as a member of the board and executive committee. IFAH represents manufacturers of veterinary medicines, vaccines and other animal health products in both developed and emerging markets.
A native of Spain, Juan Ramón received a graduate degree in economics from the Universidad de Madrid.