The American Humane Assn., the group charged with overseeing the welfare of animals on television and film sets, has tapped a new board chairman.
The charity said John Payne, who has served in top positions at Bayer Healthcare, Mars Global PetCare and Banfield Pet Hospitals, has been named chairman of the board of 136-year-old organization.
A well-known figure in the animal wellness and welfare sphere, Payne has more than 30 years experience in the industry.
“It is an honor to be elected to the board of an organization with such a rich history of protecting society’s most vulnerable,” Payne said in a statement. “Our work is vital in protecting hundreds of millions of children, pets, farm animals, service animals and animal actors from cruelty, abuse, and neglect. ... I look forward to working with my fellow board members and Dr. [Robin] Ganzert to further extend the organization’s reach and their position as the most respected voice in the animal and child welfare field.”
Payne is currently the chief executive and founder of Pet Health Innovations, LLC. He previously served as president and CEO of Medical Management International, Inc, which is the nation’s largest private veterinary practice with more than 800 full-service hospitals.