W.F. Young, owners of the Absorbine brand of equine products and The Missing Link brand of pet products, has promoted four women into key leadership positions, positioning itself on an aggressive path for growth, officials said in a statement.
“The board of directors is excited to promote these incredibly smart, talented and dynamic women entrepreneurs to drive our company’s strategic vision and honor our mission to help pets live longer happier lives,” said Tyler F. Young, chairman of the board of directors and fourth generation of the 129-year-old family-owned company, which is based in East Longmeadow, Mass. “They are proven leaders and have been instrumental in the growth and success of our company. They are extraordinary visionaries and their passion and commitment for our brands and partners, along with their innovative thinking and customer-first approach gives our company a distinct competitive advantage in the ever-changing and fast-growing animal health industry. We are proud to have women leading the key positions in our company as we position ourselves for rapid innovation and growth and continue to build the future of W.F. Young.”
Jaime McKinley, a fifth-generation family member, was promoted to the role of president. She previously served as the general manager. McKinley has been with W.F. Young for 29 years and has held leadership roles in business and product development, sales and marketing over her tenure with the company. She will lead the strategic growth of the company and its culture while driving innovation to positively impact the lives of people and their pets, officials said.
Vicki Evans has been with W.F. Young for 15 years and was promoted to the role of executive vice president and CFO, having previously served as the vice president of operations and CFO. She will lead the company’s efforts as it invests in growth and leverage its resources to capitalize on opportunities to drive profitable and sustainable results as the company expands its presence in over 40 countries around the world, officials said.
Amy Cairy has been with the company for seven years and was promoted to the role of vice president of marketing, having previously served as the director of marketing. She will lead the vision and direction of W.F. Young’s global marketing and omni-channel strategies and create opportunities for W.F. Young’s brands in new markets, channels and categories to capture market share, increase loyalty and drive revenues across the company’s lines of business, officials said.
Jessica Young is a fifth-generation family member and has been with the company for 5 years. She was promoted to the role of director of strategy, having previously served as the marketing manager. She will work with the vice president of marketing and be responsible for the development and execution of innovative brand strategies, consumer insights and go-to-market positioning across key customer segments, officials said.
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