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Christensen, Lawton Join Phillips Pet Food & Supplies


Press release: Phillips Pet Food & Supplies

Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, a nationwide distributor of pet food and supplies, recently made two organizational announcements.

The Pennsylvania-based company has announced that Nick Christensen joined the organization earlier this month to take on the role of SVP, Operations. In this position, Christensen will be responsible for leveraging operational opportunities to increase efficiency as Phillips delights the customer and focuses on building the industry-leading distribution platform.

Christensen most recently served as Vice President of Operations for C & S Wholesale Grocers for its Western Region. While in this role, he supported the regional operations where he developed and implemented continuous improvement action plans of business processes.

Prior to joining C & S Wholesalers, Christensen worked at United Natural Foods, Inc. for seven years in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as its Vice President of Operations in its Southern Region. He also brings more than a decade of operational excellence experience in warehouse operations, inventory control and transportation from the Sysco organization. He is a proud dad of two children, Tyler (27) and Mackenzie (22).

“I am excited to have joined the Phillips family,” said Christensen. “Operational excellence will be our focus to provide the best possible experience for our valued customers, vendors and our associates.”

In other news, Phillips Pet Food & Supplies is welcoming back John Lawton as Vice President, Brand Development. In this role, Lawton will be responsible for identifying innovative growth opportunities that create new partnerships for Phillips and enhance relationships with existing vendors and programs. In his previous role as VP, Vendor Management, Lawton was an integral part of the leadership team. He forged strong partnerships with brands, was pivotal in developing a relevant product assortment across categories in support of retailers and led key growth strategies for Phillips.

“We are thrilled to have John on the team! John brings a wealth of experience and success in building strong and sustainable relationships with our vendor community,” said Elizabeth Thibodeau, SVP, Merchandising and Supply Chain. “With John’s knowledge and experience in the Pet industry, Phillips can accelerate our focus on building the leading product and brand assortment while delivering exceptional service to our retailers.”

“I am very excited to rejoin the premier distributor in the pet specialty channel,” said Lawton. “I look forward to working with Blaine Phillips, this exceptional team and our vendor partners to bring innovative opportunities and quality service to our retailers.”

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