Pet Food Experts has added two new members to its executive team in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The family-owned pet product distributor welcomes Sean Kent as vice president of vendor development, reporting to Jim Alden, executive vice president of business development, and Sean Cleary as vice president of human resources, reporting to Michael Baker, president and CEO of Pet Food Experts.
Kent joins Pet Food Experts with 25 years of experience in sales, general management and strategic leadership, beginning with Coca-Cola before moving into the pet industry, most recently as vice president of consumable brands at Animal Supply Company.
“I feel extremely lucky to be able to join such a well-respected organization with such an impressive cultural legacy. I look forward to helping Michael, Jim and team continue to create value-added solutions for our retailers and vendor partners,” Kent said.
Cleary has over 15 years of experience in human resources in a variety of industries, joining Pet Food Experts after working with companies such as WWE, Bank of America and Diageo. Prior to beginning his career in human resources, Cleary worked in the sports world as an assistant basketball coach for the Boston Celtics, University of Pittsburgh and Manhattan College.
“I am thrilled to join the team at Pet Food Experts. Michael and the leadership team have built an incredibly strong culture and taken the company to new heights over the past several years,” Clearly said. “Our future is incredibly bright and I look forward to working with everyone at Pet Food Experts to achieve results we have never seen before. The idea that ‘when you win, we win’ rings so true and will be the foundation of our success going forward.”
“Finding two people who align so seamlessly with our vision and bring a fresh perspective to our team is invaluable,” Baker said. “Every employee, customer and vendor partner will benefit from the impact Sean and Sean will have on our leadership team. Their knowledge and expertise—coupled with the strong foundation we have built at Pet Food Experts—puts us in an incredible position for growth moving forward.”
Founded in 1989, Pet Food Experts is a family-owned and operated pet food and supplies distributor. The company delivers to independent pet specialty retailers from four warehouses located in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Washington and currently services over 4,000 retailers in 29 states.