APPA Names General Pet Supply President Bob Merar Interim CEO

Press release: APPA

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) has released the following statement from board president Chuck Latham:

APPA is pleased to announce that Bob Merar, president of General Pet Supply, Inc., will serve as interim CEO of APPA. Bob has been an active APPA member for several decades and has served on the APPA board in various positions over the years. APPA remains committed to advancing the success of its members and the pet care community. We would also like to thank Andrew Darmohraj, who recently announced his departure from APPA after two decades of dedicated service.

PIDA (Pet Industry Distributors Association) and APPA have co-produced Global Pet Expo for nearly two decades. PIDA president Celeste Powers, CAE, will lead trade show management during Global Pet Expo 2022. The APPA and PIDA teams have been hard at work making sure this year’s show is the best yet. We look forward to seeing everyone at the show in Orlando, Fla.

In December 2021, APPA’s board of directors initiated a nationwide CEO search with Korn Ferry which is still ongoing. The board is eager to find the best candidate possible and transition that person into the role quickly and smoothly.

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