The Hartz Mountain Corporation is pleased to announce that it has selected Tatsuya Suto as its new president and chief executive officer, effective January 2. Suto succeeds Gumpei Futagami, who will remain at the company as executive chairman, and who continues in his role as vice chief executive officer of Unicharm Corporation, the majority owner of Hartz.
Prior to this appointment, Suto was president and CEO at Summit Pharmaceuticals International, an affiliate of Sumitomo Corporation. A seasoned chemicals and pet supply industry executive, Suto served as Hartz’s executive vice president from 2004 to 2006, as well as served on its board of directors from 2004 through 2016.
“I am very pleased to return to Hartz as president and CEO,” Suto said. “As the premier name in pet retailing, I am excited to help the company achieve new growth in this constantly expanding market for innovative pet products and care, and I look forward to Mr. Futagami’s continued guidance as Hartz grows its business.”