Meridian, Idaho (December 19, 2005) MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. ("MWI") (NASDAQ: MWIV) announced the appointment of John F. McNamara as Chairman of its Board of Directors, which is a new, non-executive position on MWI's board. Mr. McNamara has been a member of MWI's board of directors since June 2002. Mr. McNamara is the founder and retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AmeriSource Corporation, now a part of AmerisourceBergen Corporation. Prior to his work with AmeriSource Corporation, Mr. McNamara worked for McKesson Corporation for 20 years. He has served on numerous boards in an advisory capacity for both private and public companies. Mr. McNamara has also served as a Chairman of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers and Chairman of the National Wholesale Drug Association.
MWI also announced the resignations of two board members, Stephen C. Sherrill and Brett A. Pertuz. Both Messers. Sherrill and Pertuz are affiliated with Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. L.LC. ("BRS"), the Company's lead private equity investor. The NASDAQ listing standards require MWI to have a majority of independent directors within one year of becoming a public company. MWI's board of directors is currently conducting a search for candidates and intends to add two independent directors to the board by August 2006, which will increase the size of MWI's board of directors to seven directors.
Jim Cleary, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented "John McNamara has been a great strategic and operational advisor to the Company since he became a member of our board of directors in June 2002. I look forward to working closely with John in his new role as Chairman. Also, I would like to thank Stephen Sherrill and Brett Pertuz for their distinguished service to the Company as members of the board of directors. Along with their firm of BRS, Stephen and Brett have been great business partners."
John McNamara, MWI's new Chairman, commented, "I look forward to my continued association with MWI's management team and the opportunity to contribute to MWI's position as a leader in the animal health distribution industry."
MWI is a leading distributor of animal health products to veterinarians across the United States of America. Products MWI sells include pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, veterinary pet food and nutritional products. We market these products to veterinarians in both the companion animal and production animal markets. For more information about MWI, please visit our website at www.mwivet.com. For investor relations information please contact Mary Pat Thompson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at (208) 955-8930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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