Dr Susan Longhofer
Chief Scientific Officer
Background: Susan joined the Group in June 2005. A veterinarian with over 30 years' experience in the industry, she leads a team of approximately 150 staff around the globe responsible for product development, registering new products and maintaining the registrations of our existing products. She has assumed the Business Development role in 2015, searching out new products to continue to fill our product development pipeline. Susan was appointed as Chief Scientific Officer in January 2020, bringing together Business Development, Product Development and Regulatory Affairs.
Prior to joining Dechra, Susan worked for Virbac Corporation, Heska Corporation and Merck Research Laboratories. Susan holds an MS and a DVM in Veterinary Science and is a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is located in Kansas, USA.
Dr Anthony Lucas
Group Product Development Director
Background: Anthony joined Dechra in 2016 following the acquisition of Putney Inc. where he was Senior Vice President of R&D. Anthony is originally a veterinarian from Australia with five years in clinical practice including a residency in emergency and critical care. Following a Masters in veterinary pharmacology, PhD in human pharmacology and post-doc at the University of Kansas, he spent six years at Elanco in early drug development, technology acquisition and has a Six Sigma blackbelt.
In his six years at Putney, Anthony built the R&D team, which delivered ten FDA product approvals.
As the Group Product Development Director, Anthony leads a team of around 70 scientists across five global research centres, to efficiently deliver the pipeline of products to meet Dechra's growth needs. He is located in Maine, USA.
President North America
Background: Mike joined Dechra in 2004 and is responsible for Dechra Veterinary Products' North American business. Mike has more than 20 years' experience in the animal health sector, having held senior positions in business development, sales and operations at Virbac Corporation, Fort Dodge Animal Health and Sanofi Animal Health.
As our first employee in the USA, he has built the USA, Mexican and Canadian teams to 234 people and has grown sales revenue to £191.6 million. Mike has also been involved in several commercial agreements and acquisitions for the Group including Pharmaderm, DermaPet, Phycox Animal Health and Putney. Mike has a BA in Business, and an MBA. He is located in Kansas, USA.
Dechra Veterinary Products International Group Director
Background: Giles joined Dechra in January 1999 as sales and marketing manager for Arnolds Veterinary Products having previously spent 14 years primarily involved in dairy farming business consultancy. During his time at Dechra he has been responsible for the launch and market development of our leading brand Vetoryl, as well as a number of our other key brands. Giles has also been an integral member of the teams that ensured fast and smooth integrations of several of our acquisitions, and in particular as lead in the integration of Apex in 2016 and Venco in 2019.
In his role of Dechra Veterinary Products International Group Director, his responsibilities are extremely varied and involve managing and growing our existing business through ANZ and Latin American business and distribution partners, as well as further developing our Dechra International strategy through product registrations and market development. Giles has a BSc degree in Agricultural Technology. He is located in Sansaw, UK.
Group HR Director
Background: Katy joined Dechra in April 2014 from AppSense Ltd where she was the Vice President of HR Europe and Rest of the World. With over 15 years operating at Director level within Software, Health, Travel and Finance industries, Katy brings with her a wealth of HR expertise gained in both blue chip corporates and smaller entrepreneurial companies.
She has strong international, leadership and M&A experience and has taken responsibility for driving the global people agenda for the Dechra Group. She is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.
Group IT Director
Background: Allen joined Dechra in April 2012 and has developed and implemented the Group IT strategy during this time. During the last 26 years, Allen has gained a breadth of experience from the implementation of diverse business solutions across multiple industry sectors including Justice, Education, Energy, Distribution and Retail. He has held several senior management positions encompassing software development, IT service provision and IT departmental management. His last role was as Head of IT for the BSS Group PLC, a leading plumbing and heating distribution company. Allen is currently responsible for all Group IT support to a multitude of internal customers. He is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.
Interim Group Manufacturing and Supply Director
Background: Milton was appointed as Interim Group Manufacturing & Supply Director on 1 May 2020. He joined Dechra in January 2016 as Group Manufacturing Finance Director. In February 2019, he was the Interim Site Director at our Skipton Facility until being appointed as Group Supply Chain and Procurement Director, Dechra Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing & Supply in October 2019. Before joining Dechra, Milton had senior financial roles in different manufacturing industries including coatings, adhesives and chemicals. Just prior to joining Dechra, he worked for Aramark in the food and facilities services sector.
Milton is responsible for our internal and external manufacturing sites in Europe and the USA.
He is located in Skipton, UK.
Committee Membership: Disclosure.
Background: Melanie joined Dechra in January 2010 as the Assistant Company Secretary, and was promoted to Deputy Company Secretary in May 2015, and Company Secretary in July 2017. Prior to joining Dechra she has gained over 25 years' experience in various company secretarial roles including at GKN plc, TRW Automotive Inc and Pendragon PLC. Melanie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She is located at Head Office, Northwich, UK.