Portland, Ore. - Long-time industry executive John Payne became the new president of the 635-hospital corporate practice, while founder Dr. Scott Campbell remains as chairman of the company.
PORTLAND, ORE. — Long-time industry executive John Payne became the new president of the 635-hospital corporate practice, while founder Dr. Scott Campbell remains as chairman of the company.
The move, according to Campbell, will shift responsibilities for day-to-day operations to Payne, allowing Campbell to focus on the strategic direction of the company.
"John's running the business. Hallelujah," Campbell laughs.
Prior to joining Banfield two and a half years ago, Payne ran Bayer Animal Health's business in the United States.
"We were very lucky to get John to join our practice. John's organizational experience will help take us to the next level," Campbell says, which translates to continued practice growth and acquisitions, domestically and abroad. With 635 practices and a work force of some 1,500 veterinarians, Banfield has emerged as one of the largest employers of veterinarians in private practice, and certainly the biggest recruiter.
"This is really a global profession with global problems and going through rapid change," Campbell adds.
One focus hasn't changed for the duo: growing the category, which is good for the profession and Banfield.
Payne adds, "I'm very honored to take on this awesome responsibility. It is very comforting to know that Scott is there working on the strategic part of the business, which is extremely important for the growth of our business.
"If I am half as successful as Scott has been, I'll be a big success."