2017/12/21 - Career
Sébastien Huron officially takes office as chairman of the Virbac group executive board
Yesterday, Virbac’s supervisory board officially appointed Sébastien Huron as chairman of the Group’s executive board. Sébastien Huron succeeds Éric Marée, chairman of the executive board for the past 18 years, who has retired.
A graduate of the Toulouse veterinarian school, with nearly 25 years in leadership roles in the industry, Sébastien Huron has an excellent understanding of the animal health market’s challenges at the international level. Drawing on his thorough working knowledge of Virbac acquired over the past eleven years, including four on the executive board, combined with his recognized leadership qualities, Sébastien will help to maintain the Group’s continued and long-term growth.
“Our vision is that of an innovative, agile and learning company that remains committed to historic principles and values. These principles and values will remain unchanged, even if our company must continue to evolve, especially in the digital domain. And we are convinced that diversity and human values are one of our strengths, providing an even richer experience to our teams and customers alike”, Sébastien Huron stated.
“Sébastien Huron, who is taking office as chairman of the executive board, comprised of Christian Karst, Habib Ramdani and Jean-Pierre Dick, can count on the trust and the vigilance of the supervisory board to meet future challenges, such as remaining a preferred partner of our customers, getting back on a track of growth in all regions of the world and restoring the appropriate level of profitability to ensure our ability to innovate and stay independent”, supervisory board chairwoman Marie-Hélène Dick said.
Sébastien Huron, 47, started his career in 1994 in Brazil in the Hoechst-Roussel group where he rapidly rose to become the Marketing director of the animal health division. After Intervet acquired this division (Akzo Nobel group), which was then integrated into the Merck Group, Sébastien Huron pursued his career in 2000 in the United States as Market Development director, and then as director of the Pet division. After rejoining the Virbac group in 2006 as the general manager of the Spanish subsidiary, he then became the director of the European region in 2008, and then head of Global Business Operations in 2013. He has been part of the Virbac executive board since December 2012.