MELVILLE, N.Y., Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, today announced that Gerard K. Meuchner has joined the Company as Vice President and Chief Global Communications Officer. Serving in this newly-created position, Mr. Meuchner will be based at the Company's corporate headquarters in Melville, N.Y. In his new role, Mr. Meuchner will be responsible for advancing Henry Schein's Corporate Brand Management, including overall corporate wide brand strategy management and cross-business brand alignment. He will also be responsible for the coordination of communications functions that promote Henry Schein's brand globally among each of the Company's five key constituencies. "Our strategic plan calls for Henry Schein to utilize our core business competencies to be a global leader in providing superior value through innovative solutions to dental, medical and animal health practitioners," said Stanley Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc. "As Henry Schein continues to grow and expand into new markets and geographies, we are committed to reinforcing and promoting the strength and value of the Henry Schein brand globally among all of our key constituencies – our customers, supplier partners, shareholders, Team Schein as well as society, which we serve through Henry Schein Cares, our corporate social responsibility program. Gerard is uniquely qualified to advance Henry Schein's strategy and efforts in this area, and he will bring vision and leadership to Henry Schein's global communications efforts." Mr. Meuchner joins Henry Schein from Eastman Kodak Company where he spent the past decade, most recently, as a Corporate Vice President and Director, Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining Kodak, Gerard was with Bloomberg News, where he was a founding member of its financial news service. Prior to Bloomberg, Mr. Meuchner worked as a reporter for a variety of financial news outlets.