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Updated: February 23, 2024

Covetrus appoints two to leadership roles

One of the world's largest animal-health companies, Portland-based Covetrus Inc., has appointed Amy Sanford as global general counsel and chief human resources officer and promoted Kelly Gottfried to chief commercial officer.

Sanford is a business executive with more than 20 years of health care industry experience.

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Amy Sanford

Before joining Covetrus, she served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at U.S. Anesthesia Partners. There she led a team responsible for legal, legislative affairs, risk management, shareholder relations, compliance and information security.

In her new role, she will report directly to Ben Wolin, president and CEO of Covetrus, and sit on the executive leadership team.

Sanford earned her juris doctorate from Yale Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University.

“Collaboration is fundamental to the Covetrus culture and delivering on behalf of our customers,” said Sanford. "I am looking forward to cultivating a dedicated and talented team with mutual respect for our individual talents and a passion for supporting vets, pet parents and our people.”

In Gottfried’s new role, she will oversee much of the company's revenue-generating roles across North America, and will build on strategic sales, marketing and service operations initiatives. 

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Kelly Gottfried

“As chief commercial officer, my focus will be on truly helping our teams transform the animal healthcare industry by unlocking new, strategic growth opportunities and providing innovative solutions that empower veterinarians and positively impact our furry companions,” said Gottfried. 

Prior to joining Covetrus, Gottfried led marketing teams at Johnson & Johnson for 20 years. She delivered consecutive years of increased customer adoption and sales growth in her most recent J & J role as senior vice president global vision franchise. 

Gottfried earned her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.

“These appointments enable Covetrus to continue to innovate and better address the growing requirements of our veterinarians, especially independent practices,” said Wolin.

“It further underscores our commitment to leverage our unique combination of best-in-class technology, connected care, and pharmacy management solutions to help our vet practice customers compete in the marketplace and build stronger pet parent advocacy.”

Covetrus provides a range of animal health products, technology and services, and has more than 5,700 employees and 100,000 veterinary customers worldwide.

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