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NOAH's chairman for 2008

Howard Wilder has been elected chairman of the National Office of Animal Health for 2008-2009. He is the managing director of Genitrix Ltd. The election took place at NOAH's AGM in London on 23 April.

Mr Wilder was elected to the NOAH Board of Management in 2005 and appointed Vice-Chairman in May 2006. He replaces Graham Dick who now becomes NOAH past-chairman.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Wilder said: "NOAH provides an important forum in which animal medicine manufacturers can come together on an equal footing to discuss the issues and opportunities they are facing and developments in the sector. It's a clear reflection of the organisation's democratic and inclusive approach that the contribution of smaller businesses, such as Genitrix, is valued as highly as that from the large global players. I look forward to making a strong contribution to its work in my new role as chairman."

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Notes for editors

1. For further information contact Phil Sketchley or Alison Glennon at NOAH on 020 8367 3131, or by email noah@noah.co.uk or look at the NOAH website www.noah.co.uk

2. The National Office of Animal Health was formed on 1 January 1986 to represent UK companies which research, develop, manufacture and market licensed animal health products. The association has 28 corporate members and 8 associate members. In 2007 NOAH's members accounted for around 90% of the UK animal medicines market.

3. The NOAH Officers for 2008-09:

Chairman Howard Wilder, Genitrix
Treasurer David Biland, Merial Animal Health
Past Chairman Graham Dick, Bayer
Vice-chairman David Ellerton, Virbac
Vice-chairman John Hanley, Fort Dodge Animal Health
Vice-chairman Dr Sue Huggett, Beaphar

4. Howard Wilder

A Biology graduate of Cardiff University, with Masters in Agricultural Marketing from Cranfield. He started his career with the larger companies; Duphar, Solvay, American Cyanamid, and Fort Dodge. He worked mostly in strategic marketing and operational management positions and held posts in the UK, Netherlands, USA and Far East.. When all previous employers merged, he founded Genitrix in 1998. He was elected to the Board of NOAH in 2005 and appointed Vice-Chairman in May 2006.

Genitrix is a leading manufacturer of therapies and treatments for companion animals, horses and exotics and was the fastest growing veterinary pharmaceutical company in 2006 and 2007 according published market research data.

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