Jonathan W. Ayers
Former Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer
Director since: January 2002
- Board Chair (January 2002 – November 2019)
IDEXX LABORATORIES, INC.
Mr. Ayers was our Board Chair from January 2002 to November 2019 and President and CEO from January 2002 to June 2019. After leaving IDEXX executive management in 2019, Mr. Ayers served as Senior Advisor to the Company from November 2019 to July 2021, and since September 2021, he has served as the Board Chair of Panthera Corporation, a non-profit organization devoted to global wild cat conservation. Before joining IDEXX, Mr. Ayers held various executive leadership positions at United Technologies Corporation and its business unit Carrier Corporation from 1995 to 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Ayers held various investment banking positions at Morgan Stanley & Co. for nine years. Mr. Ayers holds an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, with high distinction.
As our former Board Chair, President and CEO for more than seventeen years, Mr. Ayers brings outstanding leadership skills, a comprehensive institutional knowledge of our business, strategy and evolving risk landscape and insightful perspectives into our primary sector: global pet healthcare. Mr. Ayers also brings significant and diverse experience in many relevant areas, including international business, technology, capital markets, investment banking and finance, which contribute to his service on our Board, including on the Finance Committee. In addition, as our Board Chair from January 2002 to November 2019, Mr. Ayers gained significant corporate governance and board leadership experience, and through serving as Board Chair of Panthera, Mr. Ayers has acquired ESG and sustainability experience.