SEATTLE, WA /November 20, 2012 — Trupanion, North America’s second-largest and fastest-growing pet insurance provider, today announced the recent hire of Darin Nelson as Senior Vice President. Nelson brings over 25 years of leadership experience to Trupanion.
Nelson has spent his career working side-by-side with veterinarians, helping them realize the full potential of their practices. He has been a catalyst for implementing the highest levels of diagnostic testing and medical technology, and a factor in resultant hospital valuation growth. Nelson has fostered close relationships with the top quartile of veterinary practice owners through more than 20 years of constant engagement.
“We began our undiluted focus on understanding the needs and experiences of the veterinary community three years ago when Howard Rubin, founding CEO of the NCVEI and a leading authority on the economics and operations of veterinary practices, joined us as COO; and further increased our attention by hiring Dr. Kerri Marshall, an industry leader in veterinary medical informatics, as EVP Customer Experience,” said Darryl Rawlings, Chief Executive Officer at Trupanion. “Adding Darin’s unique capabilities to this powerful team takes our approach to pet insurance and ability to concentrate on the needs of both pet owners and veterinarians to a more sophisticated level.”
Prior to joining Trupanion, Nelson served as Senior Vice President of Development at VCA Antech (NASDAQ: WOOF) in Los Angeles, California, where he was responsible for animal hospital and laboratory acquisitions and strategic accounts for Antech Diagnostics. VCA Antech is amongst the largest and most successful veterinary services companies in the profession, with more than 14,000 employees. During the last 11 years, Nelson has had direct responsibility for overseeing more than $350,000,000 in acquisitions and managed more than $45,000,000 of annual diagnostic revenue in his strategic accounts role. Prior to his most recent role, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Antech Diagnostics. Nelson’s entire career at VCA Antech spanned more than 21 years.
“Part of what attracted me to Trupanion was its phenomenal executive team of experienced innovators,” said Nelson. “I am confident I can use my vast animal health experience to help build the brand equity and reputation of this company with numerous strategic industry partners and veterinarians across North America. I look forward to expanding the visibility of Trupanion in the market and helping the company reach its goal of becoming the premier provider of pet insurance in North America and beyond.”
Nelson is also excited for the opportunity to bring his family from Los Angeles back to the Pacific Northwest, where he grew up. Nelson now lives in the Woodinville community with his wife, one daughter, and a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Bentley.
Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue.