DUBLIN, Aug. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO), a leading provider of "Quality Affordable Self-Care Products™", today announced that Jeffrey C. Smith, Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value LP, who has been a director since 2017, has resigned from Perrigo's Board of Directors effective August 7, 2019.
"It is with mixed emotions that I leave the Board of Directors of Perrigo. I feel able to step down and focus on other opportunities precisely because the board and management team are strongly aligned with a clear vision to create value for Perrigo shareholders," said Smith. "We are fortunate to have recruited a world-class leader in Murray Kessler who has quickly assembled an outstanding management team and repositioned Perrigo as a leading self-care company with numerous opportunities for growth and improved efficiency. It has been a pleasure working with Perrigo's outstanding board members and our extremely capable management team, and I am fully confident that Murray's leadership and execution will lead to future success for Perrigo."
Perrigo CEO and President Murray S. Kessler stated, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Jeff for his significant and valuable contributions putting Perrigo back on track strategically. There can be no doubt that Perrigo is a better company with a bright future because of his involvement. Finally, I appreciate Jeff's confidence in the Board and me to execute on the strong strategy that is now in place for the company to transform Perrigo from a healthcare to a consumer self-care company."
Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO) is dedicated to making lives better by bringing "Quality, Affordable Self-care Products™" that consumers trust everywhere they are sold. The Company is a leading provider of over-the-counter health and wellness solutions that enhance individual well-being by empowering consumers to proactively prevent or treat conditions that can be self-managed. Visit Perrigo online at http://www.perrigo.com.
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