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Perrigo Company Appoints Murray Kessler As CEO

Perrigo Company plc (PRGO), Monday announced the appointment of Murray Kessler as President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Kessler most recently served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Lorillard Tobacco Company. Prior to joining Lorillard, Kessler served as Vice Chair of Altria, Inc. and President and CEO of UST Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Altria since 2009.

Kessler said, "My experience in working with highly regulated consumer products reinforces my belief in this opportunity and it is for these reasons that I have chosen to once again take on the deep commitment of being a public company CEO."

Chairman Rolf Classon said, "We are excited to have Murray Kessler, a highly successful business executive, join Perrigo as its next CEO. Given the decision to separate the Rx pharmaceuticals business and pursue a consumer-focused strategy, the Board is looking forward to partnering with him to develop Perrigo's strategic plan."

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