Jeff Simmons
President

Jeff Simmons Portrait

Since 2008, Jeff Simmons has served as president of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, (NYSE: LLY). As part of this role, he is also a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Lilly. Elanco is an innovation-driven company with offices in more than 75 countries and 2013 sales of over $2.0 billion. The company is committed to protein production; companion animal health and food safety, with an emphasis on helping the food industry produce a safe and affordable food supply.

In more than two decades with the company, Simmons has held a number of sales, marketing and management positions, in the United States and abroad, including serving as country director in Brazil and area director for West Europe based in the U.K.

These international experiences offered Simmons a new perspective on food and agriculture and created a deep conviction about the need for solutions to global food security. He has published white papers on this topic, most recently, the ENOUGH report, and actively engages in food security discussions in social media (@JeffSimmons2050).

Simmons also holds a number of leadership positions, including serving on the board of directors for Chiquita and the current President of the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH). He is also a member of Harvard’s Food Advisory Committee.

 

 

Rob Aukerman
U.S. and Canada Operations

Rob Aukerman Portrait

Rob Aukerman has led the U.S. business since May 2007 and recently added Canadian operations.  

Since joining Elanco in 1992, Aukerman has held a number of senior management positions within the company, including director of innovation strategy, area director for the Pacific Rim and senior director of global marketing.

Aukerman earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Asbury College in 1981. After working for three years in his family’s dairy business and serving eight years in the feed industry, he joined Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Company.

Aukerman currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Animal Health Institute and on the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) Board of Directors.

Rob and his wife, Betty, have ten children and reside near Indianapolis, IN.

 

Ramiro Cabral
Regional Leader, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Ramiro Cabral Portrait

Ramiro Cabral is the Regional Leader for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Elanco Animal Health. In this capacity since Jun 2014, he is responsible for Elanco Business in the region.

Since joining Elanco in 1998, Dr. Cabral has held a number of management positions within the company, including Technical Sales at Elanco Argentina, Global Marketing Manager, Business Unit Director in the US Affiliate, and Affiliate Director at Elanco Canada.

Dr. Cabral earned a DVM degree at UNICEN, Argentina in 1995 and an MBA from Purdue University in 2005. After working for years in his family’s farm and working as a consultant in the Veterinary and Agribusiness industry, he joined the Elanco Division of Eli Lilly and Company.

Ramiro and his wife, Cecilia, reside in Antwerp, Belgium.

Tony Ezell
Chief Marketing Officer

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Tony Ezell is the Chief Marketing Officer for Elanco. Responsible for all aspects of marketing Elanco’s existing and new products and brands, he has held this role since June 2014. Ezell joined Lilly in 1992, and over his 22 years has held many roles in sales, marketing and general management.  From 1999 to 2007, Ezell held various leadership positions within Eli Lilly including executive director of marketing for the endocrine business unit, as well as business unit leader of the US acute care business.

In more recent years Ezell has been a leader in Lilly’s market research organization where he  served as executive director of market research for Lilly USA; vice president, global market research; and chief customer officer.  As chief customer officer, he was responsible for leading Lilly’s enterprise level customer experience strategy as well as delivering on Lilly’s marketing and market research capability strategy. His focus was on ensuring the company consistently connects innovative science with relevant customer experiences necessary to deliver on both our product and corporate brand promises.  

Ezell has global experience and a passion for developing deep customer understanding and translating that understanding into meaningful brand campaigns. He is experienced in leading major transformation that spans business units, functions and geographies.  

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Ezell has a degree in Business Administration from the School of Business and Industry (SBI) at Florida A & M University, an Executive Education Certificate from Wharton and a Masters in Business from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

Ezell is on the Board of Trustees for the Marketing Science Institute and the KPMG Healthcare Advisory Board.  He serves on the Leadership Advisory Council for Providence Cristo Rey High School and is the Chairman of the UNCF Indiana Leadership Council. Ezell served on the Board of Directors for the Health Forum, LLC from 2006-2012.

Ralph Heuser
Regional Leader - Asia Pacific

Ralph Heuser Portrait

Ralph Heuser currently serves as Region Leader for Asia Pacific. He first worked for Pfizer, starting in 1994, as regional Key Account Manager, where he spent much time on the road and with customers. He says his company car became his office and the intense customer interaction benefited him a lot in later positions in sales, marketing and management.
Ralph then moved to become a Farm Animal Business Product Manager for Boehringer in 1996 and later joined Novartis as Head Marketing and Sales for the Human Medical Nutrition business (now part of Nestlé). During more than 18 years with Novartis and Novartis Animal Health he served in management positions for various countries in Central Europe as well as in Germany and Australia & New Zealand. Most recently, he held the role as Head of Global Sales Excellence and was appointed Head of Region Europe in 2013.
Ralph studied agricultural economics at the University in Bonn, Germany and received a doctorate in macroeconomics from the same university.

Jose Cardenas
Regional Leader - Latin America

Jose Cardenas Portrait

Jose Cardenas currently serves as the Regional Leader for Latin America at Elanco Animal Health. He began his career at Elanco in 1990 as a chemist and transitioned to sales and marketing in 1995.  
Jose has held various roles in the sales and marketing area including:  sale representative for cattle and swine, training and development associate, affiliate marketing director and global marketing director for all food animal species.   
Jose earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Manchester College in May of 1989. He also holds a master’s in Business from Butler University.

Matthias Hofer
Emerging Business

Mattias Hofer Portrait

Matthias Hofer has 10 years’ experience in the Animal Health industry. During this time, he has worked in several countries in the areas of business strategy and general management, most recently as Global Head of Novartis Animal Health Aqua business. Matthias currently serves as the integration lead.
Matthias joined Novartis Animal Health (NAH) in 2004 as project assistant to the Head of Asia-Pacific and was based in Sydney, Australia for two years. He then moved to Basel, Switzerland for a role in Global Strategy, working on various strategy projects across the business. In 2008, he was appointed Global Head of Strategy for NAH, responsible for the company’s overall Strategic Planning Process as well as for key strategic projects aimed at driving business growth and development.
In 2009, Matthias took on the role of Head of Aqua Europe and moved to the UK. In January 2011, the Aqua Business became a stand-alone business unit within Novartis Animal Health, integrating sales, large/global account management, marketing, R&D and production, and he was promoted to Global Head of the NAH Aqua business and member of the Animal Health Executive Committee.
Matthias holds a master’s in Business Administration and Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship.
He is based in Basel, Switzerland and lives with his wife and his two young children in the eastern part of Switzerland.

Jose Simas
Regulatory/Market Access/Elanco Knowledge Solutions

Dr. Jose Simas joined Elanco in 2000 in Brazil where he held a technical role for cattle products. He moved to global marketing in a technical support role in 2002 and moved to the United States.  In 2004, Simas took on the responsibility for the Argentina and Chile operations.  In late 2005, he moved to Vienna, Austria to serve as area director for Elanco’s operations in Central-Eastern Europe/North Africa/Middle Eastern markets. Simas also led the U.S. beef business from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Jose Simas most recently was responsible for the Companion Animal and Food Animal Product Development teams, as well as R&D operations.

Simas received a bachelor’s from the Federal University of Lavras in Brazil. He also holds a master’s and a doctorate in Animal Nutrition and Physiology from the University of Arizona, USA, as well as a post doctorate from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Leila Schwery
Quality

Leila Schwery Portrait

Leila started her career as a safety consultant for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. She joined Novartis in 2003 as a Production Chemist (API manufacturing) in multipurpose production in Schweizerhalle, Switzerland. She then held roles of increasing responsibilities within Novartis Pharma TechOps Switzerland and Ireland, and was Site Head for Novartis Pharmaceutical Operations in Wehr, Germany.
Leila is a qualified Chemical Engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Switzerland and has a post graduate diploma in Safety Engineering.

John Kuckelman
Legal

John Kuckelman Portrait

John F. Kuckelman is General Counsel at Elanco Animal Health.   In his role, John leads the global legal team, which has responsibilities for the legal affairs of Elanco around the world.


Prior to assuming his current role in August 2014, John was Eli Lilly and Company’s General Counsel for Asia Operations, and was based in Hong Kong, China.  John also previously served as Lilly’s Global Anti-Corruption Counsel for four years.  Before joining Lilly in August 2007, John was a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he defended pharmaceutical companies in litigation throughout the United States.  


John earned his Juris Doctor from the Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude, in 1999, where he studied international law at Notre Dame’s London Law Centre.  From 1995-96, John was a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow at Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, in Tuebingen, Germany where he pursued graduate studies in Government and History.  John earned his B.A. in history and political science from Washburn University in 1994.  John is a native of Atchison, Kansas.  He is married to Melissa Martinek Kuckelman and they have two children, Jack and Mary Margaret, and reside in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Eric Graves
Novartis Integration

Eric Graves Portrait

Eric Graves joined Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company in 2003 and has held a range of roles and responsibilities.  Eric is passionate about building teams and businesses, as well as applying a practical focus to bringing customers value.

Prior to his current role, he was Elanco’s Chief Marketing Officer and was responsible for all aspects of marketing for Elanco’s existing and new products and brands.  

Previously, he led Elanco’s launch into the companion animal market, where he enjoyed being part of building a team and business that created growth and value for customers. Part of this time he was based in Europe, working on the global companion animal health business with additional emphasis on integrating a previous acquisition and accelerating growth of the European companion animal business. 

Prior to joining Elanco, Eric served as director of veterinary marketing at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., a division of Colgate-Palmolive. He has also held a variety of positions in companion animal marketing, sales and operations at both Merial and Merck Agvet. 

Eric serves on the board of the Banfield Charitable Trust, an organization dedicated to keeping pets and their people together when facing challenging situations.

Eric earned degrees in marketing and science from Pennsylvania State University. He has received executive training from Columbia University in marketing management and from the Wharton School of Business in new product development.

Steve Jenison
Manufacturing

Steve Jenison Portrait

Stephen H. Jenison  oversees internal manufacturing operations at facilities in the United States, Britain, and Ireland.  In addition, he oversees Elanco’s global external manufacturing operations and supply chain organization.

Born in Paris, Illinois, Jenison was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1981, and a master in business administration from the University of Kansas in 1985.

Jenison joined Lilly in 1986 as a technical service representative in Clinton Laboratories. He also held positions at Clinton as financial analyst and department head of chemical operations prior to becoming manager - North East Regional distribution center in Enfield, Connecticut in 1990. In 1991, he was named the development projects manager in LRL for Gemzar. Jenison moved to Puerto Rico in 1992 as the Mayaguez site head.  In 1995 he returned to various manufacturing strategy roles with the global business units and product teams.  Prior to becoming the senior manufacturing business lead for the Global Business Integration Project (GBIP) he had a short stint as Executive Director for the Indianapolis Pharmaceutical Operations.  From 2004-2009 Steve was the Vice President and Manufacturing Information Officer for Global Manufacturing.  In 2010, he began a dual reporting relationship to both Myles O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Global Drug Product and Jacques Tapiero, President of Emerging Markets.  During that position he served as the Vice President of Emerging Markets and External Drug Product Operations.  Prior to joining Lilly, Jenison held various positions in the inorganic chemicals industry.

Jade Kas
Human Resources

Jade Kas Portrait

Jade Kas was named to his current position in April 2013. He joined Eli Lilly and Company in 1999 and spent his first 4 yrs in both a sales and sales operations roles.

During the past 10 years, he has held a variety of roles in Human Resources supporting sales and marketing, global compensation, mergers and acquisitions, employee relations, and manufacturing. In his most recent role, Jade has been supporting Elanco as the Sr. Director of HR for Elanco Mfg.

Jade holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management & HR Management from IUPUI.

Brian Kopp
CFO / Strategy and Operations

Brian Kopp Portrait

Since 2007, Brian Kopp has served as CFO of Elanco. Mr. Kopp has been with Eli Lilly and Company for 17 years, holding a variety of positions, including:

  • Director and senior director of finance, Lilly USA Pharmaceutical Operations
  • Manager of corporate strategy and planning
  • Senior analyst, corporate finance and investment banking

Before joining Eli Lilly and Company, Mr. Kopp worked in various financial roles at General Motors Corp., including capital planning and manufacturing, as well as international treasury and business development support, primarily focused on Latin America.

Mr. Kopp sits on the Investment Committee of Lynx Capital Corp., a fund dedicated to providing growth capital to minority-owned businesses in Indiana.

He grew up in Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and a master’s degree in business administration from Butler University.

Michael Morgan
Ethics and Compliance

Mike Morgan Portrait

Mike Morgan has worked for Eli Lilly in the pharmaceutical industry for 27+ years and for Elanco since September 2013.  Prior to his current role, Mike was the Senior Director of Ethics and Compliance for Europe, Canada and Australia from 2009-2013 and was Director of Ethics and Compliance at the Lilly Corporate Headquarters and in the US affiliate in Indianapolis, from 2005 to 2009.  Mike has worked in a variety of other functions within Lilly including Sales/Sales Management, Marketing/Pricing, Health Economics/Health Outcomes and worked at PCS Health Systems in Disease Management.
Education:   Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cell Biology, Pennsylvania State University  
Master of Science, Business Management, Purdue University
Certifications:  Health Care Compliance Certification Seton Hall University Law School
Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

William Weldon
Research and Development

William Weldon Portrait

William's (Bill)  responsibilities include Elanco’s global research, development and regulatory operations, as well as emerging businesses, vaccines and enzymes.  Bill is also responsible for Elanco Knowledge Solutions, Elanco's customer informatics and benchmarking services. These areas are responsible for the development and launch of new products and solutions that improve the health, wellness, wellbeing and performance of animals.  

Bill joined Elanco in 1995 and has served in various roles, primarily focusing on delivering innovation, in Elanco since that time.  During Bill’s tenure at Elanco, he has been involved with teams that have introduced several new products to the market.  His involvement has ranged from supporting new products directly in the marketplace, to his current responsibilities for delivering new products from research and development.  

A native of Michigan, Bill received his BS and MS in Animal Science from Michigan State University and received his PhD in Animal Nutrition from the University of Nebraska in 1992.  Prior to Elanco, Bill was Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Ohio State University and was a Swine Nutritionist at Newsham Hybrids USA.