PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS) today announced that it has been named one of the top ten companies on Working Mother magazine’s "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list. The publication selects the top 100 companies in the U.S. that have demonstrated their commitment to progressive workplace programs such as flexibility, advancement, paid family leave and childcare. Zoetis has been included on the list for four consecutive years since becoming a public company in 2013 and among the top ten for three of those years.
“We at Zoetis are proud to be honored again as one of Working Mother magazine’s top ten companies,” said Roxanne Lagano, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Zoetis. “This award has special meaning for us because it continues to recognize our commitment to cultivating a workplace where colleagues can balance their work and life responsibilities and build rewarding careers. We are proud to be recognized for our leadership in establishing policies, programs and a corporate culture that supports not only working mothers, but all colleagues.”
Zoetis was ranked highly by Working Mother for its benefits and work-life programs, back-up child care, paid time off, leaves of absence, adoption assistance, and health and wellness offerings. Zoetis was also acknowledged for its Women’s Council networking group in the U.S., a grass-roots organization of approximately 500 members who share best practices on issues such as work-life balance, career building, and financial planning for families.
“As our 32nd year of recognizing the best companies begins, we are happy to see that the next generation, coupled with technology, have shown us how employees can be efficient, productive, effective and impactful no matter where they work,” said Subha Barry, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Working Mother Media. “The 2017 Working Mother 100 Best Companies’ policies and programs have built loyalty among their employees that cannot be underestimated.”
Kim Balaski Named Working Mother of the Year at Zoetis
Kim Balaski, Director, Major Accounts Marketing and Operations, in Zoetis’ U.S. Companion Animal Division was named as the company’s Working Mother of the Year. Kim is the mother of Mason, age 6, and stepmother of Matthew, age 16, and was the first colleague in a companion animal leadership team role to work from a home-based office in Hattiesburg, Miss., far from the company’s headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. Having the flexibility to create a full-time, remote work arrangement enabled Kim and her husband Chris to relocate from New York City and be closer to Matthew, who lived with his mother in Mississippi. At the time, Matthew was starting 6th grade and struggling socially and academically.
“I’m grateful that Zoetis fully supported me with this transition,” said Kim. “Chris and I could balance work and family and have our boys grow up together.” Not long after the move, Chris, Kim and Matthew’s mother decided a change in home environment might help, so Matthew moved in with Kim and Chris. “It was a very challenging time in our lives, balancing care for Matthew, raising Mason who was an infant at the time and a demanding job with a considerable amount of travel,” continued Kim. “I was fortunate to have a strong support system with my husband and family, my manager and Zoetis.”
The change proved to be a positive one for all. Matthew, now in 11th grade, continues to make the honor roll, plays varsity football and is active in his church youth group. Kim, too, has excelled, having launched key products, won internal awards, and served as a mentor to colleagues.
Zoetis will be recognized at the Working Mother 100 Best Companies Gala Awards Dinner on Oct. 24th at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The event is part of the WorkBeyond Summit 2017 held from Oct. 23 to 24.
Working Mother magazine will feature profiles on both Zoetis and Kim Balaski and the complete list of 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers in the October/November issue and online today at www.workingmother.com.
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2016, the company generated annual revenue of $4.9 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.Zoetis.com.
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