Lawrence Joins PetFirst

Clint Lawrence joined PetFirst, a national pet insurance company, as the new vice president of sales and marketing. 

“We are excited to have Clint lead our sales and marketing team at PetFirst,” Katie Grant, CEO of PetFirst, said.  “Clint’s career has demonstrated leadership in both business development and account growth, and he will be an asset to our team.”

Lawrence comes to PetFirst after 13 years with Cintas Corporation where his focus was new business development.

“I am excited to join the team at PetFirst and I welcome the opportunity to lead the Sales and Marketing team,” Lawrence said.  “PetFirst holds a strong brand position in the pet health industry.  I look forward to working with the leadership team and the sales and marketing associates to expand our customer base throughout North America.”

The company is headquartered in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Fetching Promotes Payne

Fetching Communications, the PR and marketing agency for the pet and veterinary industries, appointed Dave Payne as the company’s vice president, client services.

Payne joined Fetching in 2011 as an account manager.

Fetching Communications President and Founder Kristen Levine said Payne’s years of experience in public relations will continue to help the agency prosper.

“Dave brings to his new position an impressive track record of successful account management and PR and media relations strategies that garner excellent results,” Levine said. “As vice president of client services, Dave will utilize his experience to further develop and mentor our team and ensure excellent results for our clients.”

HABRI Names Executive Director

After an extensive nationwide search, the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation named Steven Feldman executive director.

An experienced association executive and public policy advocate with more than 20 years in the field, Feldman has worked in many related areas including wildlife conservation, animal welfare, healthcare and education.

“On behalf of all of our trustees and sponsors, we are thrilled to welcome Steven into the organization to help position HABRI for continued growth,” Bob Vetere, president of HABRI, said. “Given his successful background in leadership and management in the public sector, along with his extensive knowledge and previous work in the zoo and aquarium industry, we are confident he will be a great asset in taking HABRI to the next level.”

Feldman replaces Steve Hellem of Navista, who had been contracted by HABRI to oversee the organization since its launch nearly 4 years ago.

“We truly thank Steve Hellem for all he has done to help HABRI get to where it is today,” Vetere said. “He has been a great asset and we look forward to growing HABRI on the solid foundation he has helped build with a full-time executive director.”

Prior to joining HABRI, Feldman served as senior vice president for external affairs for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He also worked at Powell Tate, a leading public affairs firm, and as a staff member in the United States Senate.

“It’s an honor to join HABRI because its mission is so critical to improving the lives of so many people,” Feldman said. “The Foundation has taken a leadership role in achieving more widespread recognition of the power of the human-animal bond to benefit the health of individuals and communities. I am grateful to the trustees and sponsors, and look forward to continuing the momentum they have created in advancing the research in this important area of health and science.”

Since its launch, HABRI has created the world’s largest database of human-animal bond related research, which can be found at www.habricentral.org.

Founded by The American Pet Product Association, Petco Animal Supplies Inc. and Zoetis, HABRI is a broad coalition of companies, organizations, entities whose mission is to achieve formal, widespread scientific recognition that validates and supports the positive roles of pets and animals in the integrated health of families and communities, leading to informed decisions in human health.

For more information, visit www.habri.org

Aratana Therapeutics Adds to Management

Aratana Therapeutics, a bio-pharmaceutical company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative medications for pets, appointed Craig Tooman as chief financial officer and John C. Ayres as its general counsel.

“Aratana has grown considerably over the past year, having successfully completed our initial public offering in June and now, with the acquisition of Vet Therapeutics, becoming a commercial company,” Steven St. Peter, president and CEO, said.

Promotions at APPA

Jennifer Skelley was promoted to associate director of communications and public relations, and Julia Fidenzio-Alicea to senior counsel and director of industry relations at the American Pet Products Association.

Skelley will play an integral role in continuously developing and implementing association-wide marketing plans that serve to promote and advance APPA, Global Pet Expo and the pet products industry.

In her new role as senior counsel and director of industry relations, Fidenzio-Alicea will represent APPA members and pet industry positions on developing issues and will lead common reaction and outreach efforts to the public on animal law issues.

DogTrekker.com Adds VP Operations

Roger Coryell was named vice president/operations of DogTrekker.com.

Coryell is responsible for day-to-day operations of the company. He oversees the development of dog-friendly digital products to provide expanded experiences for California dog travelers and to drive value for the company’s destination, lodging and other partners.

In addition to managing the websites, newsletter and soon-to-be released mobile app, Coryell will collaborate with senior management to evolve and execute the digital business strategy, launch Southern California destinations, identify and implement best practices of technology for readers and partners, manage CRM solutions and turn data into actionable insights.

New CEO at Chuck & Don’s

Thomas Murphy was named chief financial officer and integrator at Chuck & Don’s, a destination pet supply store with locations in Minnesota and Colorado.

In this position, Murphy will oversee the Chuck & Don’s finance, information technology and human resources departments.

“Tom’s strength is in helping organizations understand their business model, creating a framework to improve the business process, and achieving established goals,” Bob Hartzell, chief executive officer, said. “Tom has a great deal of experience working with mid-size companies who are experiencing emerging growth, like Chuck & Don’s. This experience will help Chuck & Don’s continue to grow and improve while ensuring we don’t lose sight of our core values and the qualities that make us unique.”

Prior to joining Chuck & Don’s, Murphy served as the vice president of finance at FMG Tsumura, CFO and vice president of administration at Everest Medical Corporation, executive vice president and CFO at Gyrus Group and most recently, CFO at Corval Group.

New VP Marketing at WellPet

Camelle Kent was named vice president of marketing at WellPet, the family of natural food for pets including Wellness, Holistic Select, Old Mother Hubbard and Eagle Pack.

She will lead all aspects of marketing including brand management, new product innovation, customer marketing, digital marketing, social media, marketing services and consumer affairs.

“We are excited to have Camelle join the WellPet team,” Tim Callahan, chief executive officer of WellPet, said. “As we continue to invest more in consumer acquisition, innovation and global expansion, Camelle’s leadership will be invaluable. She brings a unique combination of talent, experience and energy and is a great fit with our values.”
Kent will be based in Cambridge, Mass.

Precise Pet Products Adds Three to Sales

Precise Pet Products, an American-based manufacturer and supplier of all-natural canine and feline foods, added three new team members to their growing sales team.

Bonnie Barnes, Scott Johnson and Tony Gutierrez were named territory sales managers for the brand.

“Adding Bonnie, Scott and Tony to the team strengthens our ability to further develop and grow our company’s reach across the nation and in Canada,” Kirk Young, executive vice president of Precise Pet Products, said. “Each professional brings unique sales and management experience that will enhance our brand. We’re excited to have these sales experts on our team.”

Before joining Precise, Barnes served as the western Canada territory manager at Tri Natural Products, where she established, managed and serviced accounts across western Canada. Barnes serves the western Canada territory for Precise Pet Products.

Johnson previously served as a key account manager at WellPet. In this position, he managed over 25 accounts, exceeded sales goals and coordinated product launch campaigns.

Johnson represents Precise in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Gutierrez brings 29 years of sales experience to the company, and previously served as a distributor for Veterinary Services, Inc. There, Gutierrez oversaw the pet food division and managed sales and customer relationships.

He represents Precise in Southern California, Arizona and Southern Nevada.

Aratana Therapeutics Adds to Management Team

Aratana Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative medications for pets, appointed Craig Tooman as chief financial officer and John C. Ayres as its general counsel.

“Aratana has grown considerably over the past year, having successfully completed our initial public offering in June and now, with the acquisition of Vet Therapeutics, becoming a commercial company,” Steven St. Peter, president and CEO, said. “The appointments of Craig Tooman and John Ayres, both highly experienced commercial biopharmaceutical executives, will substantially enhance our strategy to establish Aratana as the industry leader in pet therapeutics.”

Louise Mawhinney, former CFO of Aratana, will remain with the company.

Chuck & Don’s Names New CFO

Thomas Murphy was named chief financial officer and integrator at Chuck & Don’s, a destination pet supply store with locations in Minnesota and Colorado.

In this position, Murphy will oversee the Chuck & Don’s finance, information technology and human resources departments.

“Tom’s strength is in helping organizations understand their business model, creating a framework to improve the business process, and achieving established goals,” Bob Hartzell, chief executive officer said. “Tom has a great deal of experience working with mid-size companies who are experiencing emerging growth, like Chuck & Don’s. This experience will help Chuck & Don’s continue to grow and improve while ensuring we don’t lose sight of our core values and the qualities that make us unique.”

Prior to joining Chuck & Don’s, Murphy served as the vice president of finance at FMG Tsumura, CFO and vice president of administration at Everest Medical Corporation, executive vice president and CFO at Gyrus Group and most recently, CFO at Corval Group.

 

Precise Pet Products Adds Three to Sales

Precise Pet Products, an American-based manufacturer and supplier of all-natural canine and feline foods, added three new team members to their growing sales team.

Bonnie Barnes, Scott Johnson and Tony Gutierrez were named territory sales managers for the brand.

“Adding Bonnie, Scott and Tony to the team strengthens our ability to further develop and grow our company’s reach across the nation and in Canada,” Kirk Young, executive vice president of Precise Pet Products, said. “Each professional brings unique sales and management experience that will enhance our brand. We’re excited to have these sales experts on our team.”

Before joining Precise, Barnes served as the western Canada territory manager at Tri Natural Products, where she established, managed and serviced accounts across western Canada. Barnes serves the western Canada territory for Precise Pet Products.

Johnson previously served as a key account manager at WellPet. In this position, he managed over 25 accounts, exceeded sales goals and coordinated product launch campaigns. Johnson represents Precise in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Gutierrez brings 29 years of sales experience to the company, and previously served as a distributor for Veterinary Services, Inc. There, Gutierrez oversaw the pet food division and managed sales and customer relationships.

He represents Precise in Southern California, Arizona and Southern Nevada.

Hagen Names Aquatic Development Manager

Francis Yupangco was named aquatics development manager at Hagen.

His work experience ranges from designing and managing complex marine habitats to overseeing market development plans for global corporations.

“We’re very excited to welcome Francis on board,” Rolf Hagen Jr., president and CEO of Rolf C. Hagen Inc, said. “His skills and experience make him ideal for the position of aquatics development manager. He’s not only very well versed in marine biology, he also has a great grasp of marketing and market development, which enables him to look at things from a variety of angles.”

Prior to joining Hagen, Yupangco served as director of marketing and business development at Living Color Enterprises. Francis co-stars in the National Geographic reality TV series “Fish Tank Kings,” which features the company and its services. While at Living Color, he worked with a variety of corporate entertainment clients including Disney, Sea World, Rainforest Café and the Florida Marlins Major League Baseball team.

He was also director of operations at Issham Aquatics International, where he led aquarium operations at 30 locations across four countries, including major tourist attractions and government institutions, such as the Khalifa Park Maritime Museum, Prince Sultan Science and Technology Center and the Royal Palace Shark Encounter. Prior to that, Francis was employed at the Vancouver Aquarium for 7 years as an aquarist and researcher.

New VP Marketing at WellPet

Camelle Kent was named vice president of marketing at WellPet, the family of natural food for pets including Wellness, Holistic Select, Old Mother Hubbard and Eagle Pack.

She will lead all aspects of marketing including brand management, new product innovation, customer marketing, digital marketing, social media, marketing services and consumer affairs.

“We are excited to have Camelle join the WellPet team,” Tim Callahan, chief executive officer of WellPet, said. “As we continue to invest more in consumer acquisition, innovation and global expansion, Camelle’s leadership will be invaluable. She brings a unique combination of talent, experience and energy and is a great fit with our values.”

Kent will be based in Cambridge, Mass.

New Pet Care Leader at P&G

David S. Taylor, currently group president – global home care, was elected group president of global health and grooming at Proctor and Gamble.

This sector includes the following global categories: pet care, shave care, health care, Braun and Oral Care.

In addition to leading the sector, Taylor will assume additional responsibility for the pet care business, succeeding Jorge S. Mesquita, who left the company to pursue outside interests.

The change was part of P&G’s decision to group its global business units into four industry-based sectors, as part of the company’s ongoing plan to improve business performance.

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