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The KC Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board voted to appoint Kostas Kontopanos as the United States President of Hill’s Pet Nutrition as chair, which will become effective on January 1, 2013. During the meeting, the Board appointed Scott Bormann, vice president, United States’ commercial operations of Merck Animal Health, as vice chair.

Almost 1,300 new jobs and almost $1 billion in a capital investment for the Kansas City region have been spawned as a result of the KC Animal Health Corridor initiative. One third of the sales for the $19 billion industry originating from companies located within the Corridor will be promoted as a result of this.

Kim Young, vice president of bioscience development for the Kansas City Area Development Council, stated, “The appointment of Kostas as chair and head of a global pet nutrition company based in Topeka, Kansas, and Scott as vice-chair illustrates the geographic reach of the Corridor and the variety of assets located here. We welcome their leadership as the Corridor continues to grow.”

Hill’s has been located in Kansas for over 60 years. Kontopanos reported that he is welcoming the opportunity to lead the Advisory Board and is looking forward to new opportunities ahead.

Scott Bormann, Corridor vice-chair, reported, “Merck Animal Health’s goals are in alignment with the Corridor’s goals. We recognize the region’s rich heritage and I welcome the opportunity to not only help promote, but grow it even more.”

Hill’s was founded over 60 years ago and its mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. They are headquartered in Topeka, Kansas, with global reach. Information about Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., may be found at www.hillspet.com.

Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. More information may be ascertained at www.merck-animal-health.com.

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