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Patterson Cos. Faces Second C-Suite Shake-up This Month

The CEO and the head of the company’s animal health business have both announced plans to leave in June.

Patterson Companies, a dental and veterinary products maker, announced on Wednesday its second major leadership change this month.
 
John Adent is leaving his post as CEO of Patterson’s largest business group, Animal Health, at the end of the month. He began serving in the senior role in May 2015 after Patterson purchased the company he led, Animal Health International, for $1.1 billion.
 
The addition of Animal Health International nearly doubled the sales within Patterson’s Animal Health group from fiscal 2015 ($1.5 billion) to 2016 ($2.9 billion), which propelled the company into the Fortune 500 rankings with $5.4 billion in overall sales.
 
Patterson said Adent was “leaving to pursue a leadership opportunity outside the company,” but did not provide further details. “We wish him well in his future endeavors,” the company added in a statement.
 
At the start of the month, Patterson’s CEO Scott Anderson stepped down after he and the company “mutually determined that now [was] the time for a new leader.” James Wiltz, the company’s former chief executive, replaced Anderson in an interim role.
 
Meanwhile, Kevin Pohlman, the vice president of sales and marketing for Patterson’s Animal Health unit, will be taking over Adent’s position.
 
“Kevin is an experienced leader with expertise in animal health, and I am pleased he has agreed to take on this role,” Wiltz said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Kevin and the rest of the team to build upon our sales momentum, capture synergies and drive greater profitability from this important segment of our business.”
 
St. Paul-based Patterson joined the ranks of the U.S.’s largest companies for the first time in its 140-year history this month when it landed on the Fortune 500 list.
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