Ron Brakke retires as longtime leader of animal health consulting company

January 15, 2019
dvm360 Staff
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Founder hands over day-to-day operation of Brakke Consulting but will continue consulting with veterinary industry clients.

Ron Brakke, founder of Brakke Consulting, has announced that Robert (Bob) Jones, PhD, will take over leadership and day-to-day operations effective immediately, according to a company press release. This transition is aimed at building on the company's 32-year history in the animal health industry consulting space and positioning the firm for future growth, the release states. Brakke and Dr. Jones will work together to manage the transition over the coming year. 

“Brakke Consulting has built a seasoned team of consultants that over the past 32 years have supported nearly every leading animal health company in their efforts to manage healthy, growing and profitable businesses,” Brakke says in the release. “Under the daily leadership of Bob Jones, we will work to continue building on the foundations that have made Brakke Consulting successful while ensuring that our business remains as an indispensable resource to all animal health companies in the future.”

Dr. Jones has been a Brakke consultant for almost two years and holds a PhD in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois, according to the release. His management and leadership positions over the last 30 years include work with American Cyanamid, Pharmacia Animal Health and Novartis Animal Health, among others. 

Other than the management of day-to-day operations, Brakke's role in the company will be unchanged, the release notes. 

“We expect to operate in a business-as-usual fashion in all aspects of our operations, and I will continue to work with Brakke clients as I always have, striving to help them build stronger organizations and to commercialize promising new technologies,” he says in the release. “At the same time, we will benefit greatly from the decades of experience in the animal health and nutrition industries that Bob Jones brings, as well as the leadership and management skills that he can offer to our internal team and to our clients.”

Dr. Jones believes he can use his leadership abilities to position Brakke Consulting positively for the future, the release states.

“My goals are simple-to make any transition seamless and virtually invisible to our clients and to ensure that our consultant team has all the support and the tools needed to continue to provide the solutions that they have built their reputations on,” Dr. Jones says. “At the same time, we want to become known as the innovators in the animal health consulting industry, bringing new and dynamic approaches to supporting client objectives.”

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