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on January 15, 2018

Elanco names Sarena Lin to senior VP role

Leader of Cargill’s global animal feed and nutrition business to lead North American operations and global strategy

Elanco Animal Health has named Sarena Lin as senior vice president, North America operations and global strategy, joining Elanco’s leadership team and reporting to Elanco President Jeffrey Simmons. Lin will manage the entirety of the company’s U.S. and Canadian food and companion animal businesses.

She will also oversee global strategy for the top-tier animal health company, applying her extensive knowledge in corporate development to grow and strengthen Elanco’s business.

“I am incredibly pleased Sarena is joining Elanco, bringing her deep expertise growing and leading global multibillion dollar organizations - spanning consumer package goods, distribution and agriculture - to Elanco to drive our business forward and provide value to our customers,” said Jeff Simmons, president, Elanco Animal Health. “I am confident her unique capabilities will enhance our strong North American team and enrich our global growth strategy.”

Lin, who has a proven track record leading and growing large, multi-national organizations, most recently oversaw Cargill’s global animal feed and nutrition business. She also currently serves on the board of directors for animal health and dental distributor, Patterson Companies, and before her time as president at Cargill, she was the global head of strategy and business development there. She was a principal at McKinsey & Company and began her career at consumer package goods giant Proctor & Gamble (P&G).

She holds three university degrees with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University, a master’s in international relations from Yale University and a MBA from Yale School of Management.

“Elanco’s vision and trajectory within this growing industry are an exciting combination,” said Lin. “I am looking forward to bringing my passion for animal health and analysis-based strategy to such an industry thought leader. I feel this is a perfect partnership at an exciting time for Elanco.” Lin will start her new position on January 22 at Elanco’s Greenfield, Indiana-based headquarters.

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