Todd Firkins Named Executive Director of U.S. Food Animal Marketing at Merck Animal Health

MADISON, N.J., June 30, 2016 – Merck Animal Health is pleased to announce that Todd Firkins has joined the company as the Executive Director of U.S. Food Animal Marketing. With more than 20 years’ experience in the animal health industry, Todd brings an extensive background in sales, marketing and management, as well as considerable knowledge of our business.
“We are excited to have an individual of this caliber join our team,” said Shannon Kellner, Associate Vice President, Food Animal, Merck Animal Health. “In this newly created role, Todd will help us build on our greatest strengths and successes, as well as streamline our marketing team and functions to better align with and support the evolving needs of our customers and sales operations.”
Todd, who comes to us from Bayer Animal Health, where he led the U.S. livestock category since 2006, also will be responsible for leading the development and execution of marketing programs for the Food Animal product portfolio to support the company’s business plan and organizational objectives.
“Merck Animal Health is built on solid science, a commitment to animal health and well-being, and an unwavering focus on its customers,” said Firkins. “It’s an honor to be part of this organization and an amazing opportunity to build and lead a cutting-edge marketing team that will underpin many of the company’s objectives – including a commitment to unparalleled customer satisfaction, anticipating and meeting unmet customer needs and creating significant value for them, while also becoming the preeminent animal health company in the industry.”
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Todd is an active member of a myriad of professional associations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council and Center for Beef Excellence.

About Merck Animal Health

For 125 years, Merck has been a global health care leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter at @MerckAH.