Rolf A. Classon To Not Stand for Re-Election as Chairman of The Perrigo Board of Directors
Company expects to name Orlando D. Ashford Chairman
DUBLIN, Nov. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO), a leading provider of Quality Affordable Self-Care Products, today announced that Rolf A. Classon, Chairman of the Board of Perrigo Company plc, informed the Board that he intends to not stand for re-election to the Company's Board of Directors at its annual general meeting of shareholders in May 2022. Orlando D. Ashford, who joined the Company's Board of Directors in December 2020, is expected to be named to the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors at that same meeting.
Perrigo CEO and President Murray S. Kessler stated, "On behalf of the entire Board and management team, I want to thank Rolf for his dedicated and effective service to the Company since 2017. He is an outstanding Chairman and a remarkable leader. We are especially thankful for his leadership and contributions over the past three years as we have transformed Perrigo into a consumer self-care company."
Mr. Classon said, "I have tremendous optimism for Perrigo's future, with its experienced and well-respected leaders on the Board and in management. It has been a pleasure to serve the Company, shareholders and being part of the significant progress made at the Company."
Mr. Classon, 76, has been a member of the Board since 2017 and was named Chairman in 2018. Mr. Classon's decision to not stand for re-election is not the result of any disagreement with the Company, and he will continue in his role as Chairman until the 2022 annual general meeting.
Mr. Kessler continued, "Orlando will bring a deep and broad background to the Chairman position of Perrigo having worked for a number of major companies in the consumer industry, including as a C-suite executive. I know Perrigo will continue to benefit from his guidance, insights and tremendous leadership skills once he assumes the role as Chairman after our next annual meeting."
Mr. Ashford noted, ""It has been a privilege being part of one of the most unique global self-care companies in the world. I look forward to continuing to work with Murray and my fellow board members as we further strengthen Perrigo's consumer profile and reputation for excellence. I too want to thank Rolf for his leadership during my tenure."
Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO) is a leading provider of Quality, Affordable Self-Care Products and over-the-counter (OTC) health and wellness solutions that enhance individual well-being by empowering consumers to proactively prevent or treat conditions that can be self-managed. Led by its consumer self-care strategy, Perrigo is the largest store brand OTC player in the U.S. in the categories in which it competes through more than 9,000 SKUs under customer 'own brand' labels. Additionally, Perrigo is a Top 10 OTC company by revenue in Europe, where it markets more than 200 branded OTC products throughout 28 countries. Visit Perrigo online at www.perrigo.com.
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