Pets at Home has announced the appointment of Lyssa McGowan as group chief executive officer, effective from 1 June 2022.
In her new role, McGowan will succeed Peter Pritchard, who last November announced his intention to step down from his role. He will remain with the business until 31 May 2022 to ensure a “seamless” transition.
McGowan will be appointed to the board as CEO designate on 25 April 2022 prior to her appointment as CEO in June.
She joins from Sky UK Limited, where she was the chief consumer officer, with responsibility for the Consumer business which has achieved over $10bn (£7.39bn) of revenue.
Additionally, she was a non-executive director of the board of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc until its recent sale to CD&R.
Ian Burke, chairman of Pets at Home, said: “On behalf of the board, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Lyssa as CEO of Pets at Home Group Plc. Lyssa brings strong corporate, strategic and operational expertise across a range of consumer-facing businesses, and a proven track record of growth at Sky.
“Following an extensive search process across internal and external candidates, the board believes that Lyssa has the requisite skills and capabilities to lead Pets at Home as it executes its future growth strategy.”
McGowan added: “I am thrilled to be joining Pets at Home as CEO. It is a fantastic business with a unique, integrated business model, and a strong purpose-led culture.”