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Hill's Pet Nutrition And Merck Animal Health Executives To Lead Kansas City Animal Health Corridor Board

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The KC Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board voted to appoint Kostas Kontopanos, U.S. president of Hill's Pet Nutrition as chair, effective January 1. The Board also approved the appointment of Scott Bormann, vice president, U.S. commercial operations of Merck Animal Health, as vice chair.

With a spate of recent announcements, the KC Animal Health Corridor initiative has resulted in close to 1,300 new jobs and nearly $1 billion in capital investment for the Kansas City region. The program promotes the KC region as the center of the animal health industry with one third of the sales for the $19 billion industry originating from companies located within the Corridor. This represents the largest animal health industry concentration in the world.

"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," said Kim Young, vice president of bioscience development for the Kansas City Area Development Council.

Kontopanos' role as chair of the KC Animal Health Corridor Advisory Board will be to act as the primary point of contact for industry, news media and civic leadership. He will also be responsible for leading board decision-making and Corridor strategy development.

"Hill's has called Kansas home for more than 60 years. We wholeheartedly support and have leveraged the rich heritage of animal health, innovation, research and collaborative assets that make the Corridor unique. I welcome the opportunity to lead the Advisory Board and look forward to our new opportunities ahead," said Kontopanos, Corridor board chair.

Bormann will act as a secondary point of contact as he spends the next 12 months integrating with board leadership, Corridor activities and regional industry leadership.

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