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  • Jeff Simmons

    President, Elanco Animal Health
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    Jeff Simmons serves 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. A global leader with a 60-year track record of growth, Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health, welfare and food animal production with 125 brands in 90 countries.

    As the head of Elanco Animal Health for the past decade, Simmons has directed the company’s transformation from a primarily US feed additive company to a premier global player with a balanced and diversified business. During Simmons’ tenure Elanco has tripled in size, created a unique innovation engine, completed 10 acquisitions and built five new businesses, including a $1 billion companion animal business.

    In his nearly 30 years with the company, Simmons has held an array of roles, from sales and marketing, to country director in Brazil, area director for West Europe and executive director for North America and Global Research & Development. In these roles, Simmons gained a new perspective on food, agriculture and companionship that has sparked a deep conviction for finding solutions to achieve global food security through a One Health approach. He’s authored white papers on this subject and helped found the Enough Movement, a 30,000-member global community dedicated to building dialogue and finding practical solutions for a food secure world.

    The Elanco team is grounded in delivering a higher purpose: Food and Companionship Enriching Life. The team helps animals and pets live healthy, good quality lives. They support the physical, emotional and social well-being of people through a balanced diet rich in protein and the companionship of pets. And, they preserve the health of the planet by helping farmers raise animals more efficiently.

    Simmons brings his passions for food security and enabling leaders to life daily through his pursuits with Hatch™ and Edge Mentoring. As the co-founder of Hatch, Simmons and the team have created a unique, donation-free model to deliver sustained food security through protein and partner value. Today, Hatch provides about 45,000 dozen eggs per month to food banks in communities across the country. Simmons also founded Edge Mentoring, one of the fastest-growing mentorship organizations in the country with more than 700 members in over 40 states, several countries and multiple continents. Edge’s purpose is to equip and accelerate whole-life excellence in the leaders of today and tomorrow.

    Simmons has also held a number of leadership positions, including serving as a former board member and chairman of the compensation committee for Chiquita Brands. He has also completed terms as president of the Health for Animals, chairman of the FFA Foundation Board and as a board member of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.

    For more, you can follow Jeff and Elanco on social media @JeffSimmons2050, @Elanco, or view the ENOUGH report at

  • Ralph Heuser

    Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
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    Ralph Heuser is the vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Elanco Animal Health.

    Prior to Elanco, Heuser had previously served as the region Head Europe for Novartis Animal Health. 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 greatly benefited him in later positions in sales, marketing and management.

    Heuser 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.He held the role as head of global sales excellence and was appointed Head of Region Europe in 2013.

    Heuser studied agricultural economics at the University Bonn, Germany and received a doctorate in macroeconomics from the same university.

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Elanco Blog

Elanco Blog - produced and curated by Elanco Animal Health – features thought, opinion and news on animal health across Europe.

As well as contributions from Elanco colleagues on food sustainability, animal welfare and the human-animal bond, we’re inviting contributions from across the animal health community and the wider food and environmental sectors.

If you have something you’d like to share – whether that’s an article, an idea or simply an issue you feel should have a wider audience, then get in touch at: