PetsMD Inc., a leading provider of online veterinary healthcare content and services, announced today that Raul Calvoz has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors.
“Raul’s contribution to PetsMD as a member of our Advisory Board for the last year has been outstanding,” said Tina Cannon Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. “His entrepreneurial online experience as Vice President with Travelocity has been invaluable in helping to sharpen PetsMD’s strategic focus. While his strategic abilities are fantastic, our decision to bring him on as CEO was also motivated by his strong execution skills, as demonstrated by the conversion, sales and inventory growth he drove for Travelocity.”
“I am very excited to join PetsMD,” said Calvoz. “Veterinary care and pet services are a $15 Billion market in the U.S. alone. And right now, all of those appointments are booked by telephone. PetsMD provides consumers with best-in-class pet healthcare information on PetsMD.com. For many consumers, this information leads them to seek out assistance from veterinary and pet services professionals. Connecting consumers to veterinary and pet services providers via a SaaS model for online booking is going to revolutionize lead generation and booking in the sector,” said Calvoz.
Prior to joining the PetsMD, Mr. Calvoz served as General Manager of Picosa Investments, LLC (an early stage venture firm) and has served on the Board of Advisors of PetsMD since January 2010.
From 2005-2009, Mr. Calvoz and his family lived in Europe, during which time he served as Vice President and Executive Committee Member for Travelocity in its London headquarters and received the Sabre Holdings (parent company of Travelocity), Sam Gilliland CEO Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Mr. Calvoz has also served as In-house Counsel to 3M Company, where he acted as lead attorney to several 3M Divisions with over $1 Billion in revenue, and handled general corporate matters, high-level negotiations and mergers & acquisitions. While at 3M, he was promoted to Global Business Manager, where he headed a 3M Electronics business with over $100 Million in revenue, 380 employees and seven factories.
Before joining 3M, Mr. Calvoz worked for eight years as a trial lawyer and Litigation Partner specializing in civil matters.
Other recent PetsMD News:
PetsMD was recently ranked #12 in the Innovate!100, the list of outstanding and fast-moving startup companies from around the world. The list was developed after more than 30 events on five continents over the past 10 months, as part of the Innovate! 2010 http://www.innovate100.com program.
PetsMD’s Book-A-Vet online vet appointment booking application was named a Top New Product by the American Veterinary Medical Association this past year.