Banfield Pet Hospital® today welcomed Jim Ashby as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Jim will lead Banfield’s field leadership team and the operations of the practice’s more than 1,000 hospitals, providing strategic direction for future business growth – including new hospital openings and acquired practices – by overseeing hospital operations, facilities, real estate and construction.
“Principled leadership is a top priority for Banfield, making Jim’s experience and purpose-driven management style the ideal combination of qualities for our new COO,” said Brian Garish, president, Banfield Pet Hospital. “Jim’s team-building and talent-development focus will strengthen our operations team as we continue to fulfill our purpose and extend our reach to get even more pets the care they deserve.”
With more than 14 years of leadership at CareMeridian, where he most recently served as president and CEO, Jim brings extensive experience leading scalable growth in the healthcare industry. At CareMeridian, Jim was responsible for company advancement and oversaw 34 specialty nursing and rehabilitative facilities and more than 1,400 employees. Prior, Jim worked as COO, then CEO of the South Coast Rehabilitation Services, helping grow the rehabilitative services provider from three initial sites in southern California to 240 sites across the United States – and proving instrumental in the successful sale of the company to a national organization.
“I am drawn to organizations like Banfield that have clarity of purpose and are dedicated to improving lives,” said Jim Ashby, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Banfield Pet Hospital. “I am beyond impressed by the caliber of Banfield’s associates and the passion they bring to their work – it’s an honor for me to serve alongside them and help deliver exceptional, innovative care to pets.”
Jim and his spouse will reside in Washington, along with their 11-year-old CavaPoo, Buddy. Jim holds an MBA from San Diego State University and enjoys reading, travel and golf in his spare time.
About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield is the largest general-veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today has more than 1,000 hospitals across the United States. More than 3,500 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high-quality veterinary care for three million pets annually. Banfield's charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, was established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the well-being of pets and communities. In 2017, Banfield Pet Hospital – including the work of the Banfield Foundation – was named among Points of Light's Civic 50 as one of the most community-minded companies in the U.S. Press seeking additional information are invited to call the Media Hotline: (888) 355-0595.