Covetrus CEO Steps Down

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Benjamin Shaw steps down as CEO and president and will serve as a strategic advisor to the board of Covetrus.

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Covetrus announced that Benjamin Shaw, a founder of Vets First Choice and Covetrus, has stepped down as the company’s president and chief executive officer. He will transition to a strategic advisor to the board, according to a release. No reason was given for the departure.


Benjamin Wolin, who currently serves as the company’s chair of the board, will assume the role of acting CEO and president.

Philip A. Laskawy, the board’s lead independent director, will take over as board chair, the company said in a release.

“Covetrus offers a compelling and transformative value proposition within the global animal health market, and Benjamin Wolin, with his deep expertise in public company management in the digital healthcare, pharmacy, and technology space, is the right leader to help the company successfully focus and execute on its strategy,” Laskawy said.

Previously, Wolin was the CEO and co-founder of Everyday Health, Inc., a communications and marketing platform for consumers, doctors and healthcare companies, and a member of its board of directors for 14 years. Wolin is a member of the board of directors of Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. where he serves as lead independent director of the board, member of the audit committee and chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee. He is also chairman of the board of Rockwell Medical, Inc.

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