PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM), the leader in pet specialty retail, today announced it has made changes to its management team and organizational structure in conjunction with the retirement of Joseph O’Leary, President and Chief Operating Officer. These changes will become effective April 4, 2014.
“On behalf of everyone at PetSmart, I want to thank Joe for his leadership and dedication to the company, our associates and our customers,” said David Lenhardt, Chief Executive Officer. “Joe has been an integral part of PetSmart’s success for many years and we wish him all the best moving forward.”
“I’m proud of all that we have accomplished during my time at PetSmart, and am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented team of leaders and associates,” said Joe O’Leary. “I continue to believe in PetSmart’s associates, vision and strategy, and it has been both a privilege and a pleasure to serve this great company for the past eight years.”
PetSmart does not intend to replace the COO position and will realign these responsibilities among four newly created Executive Vice President positions, with Lenhardt assuming the title of President and CEO.“Joe’s retirement has provided the opportunity to take a fresh look at our organizational structure and establish a senior leadership team that will best position PetSmart for future growth,” added Lenhardt. “We have strong and capable leaders, and with the addition of the new EVP positions, I’m confident we are in a position to deliver on our strategies and initiatives to drive future growth and deliver shareholder value.” As part of the new structure, PetSmart is creating a new position – EVP of Customer Experience, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development – which will focus on developing strategies for creating an unmatched customer experience, both in stores and online, and on developing organic and adjacent growth strategies across all platforms. Marketing, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development will report to this new EVP. An external search will be conducted to fill this new role. In addition, PetSmart will be conducting a search for a new Chief Information Officer to replace Don Beaver, who will also retire.