Pets at Home has announced that Peter Pritchard, after eleven years in the business, intends to step down from his role as CEO and director of the company next summer.
This follows the “successful turnaround” of the business, in which he developed the group’s pet care plan in support of its ambition to “become the best pet-care business in the world”.
Pets at Home said Pritchard’s strategy to combine joint venture veterinary services, grooming, product, multi-channel and subscriptions has “transformed” the business into the UK’s “market leading” omnichannel pet care provider.
Pritchard will reportedly remain “fully engaged” in his role as CEO until late May 2022, to oversee the presentation of the group’s 2022 preliminary results to investors and ensure a “smooth transition period” to his successor.
According to the brand, the search for his “suitable successor” has commenced across internal and external candidates, and a further announcement will be made in due course.
Ian Burke, chairman of Pets at Home, said: “On behalf of the board and colleagues across the Group, I would like to thank Peter for his significant contribution to Pets at Home since becoming CEO in 2018.
“His tireless work and dedication as leader of this great business has given it a very firm foundation for growth long into the future, for which we are all very grateful.”
Pritchard added: “I have loved my time at Pets at Home. It is a privilege to lead such a talented and passionate group of colleagues on this journey and I am incredibly proud of the results we have collectively achieved.”