Nick Wood will remain with the Group in an advisory role until July 1 to support Ian and ensure a smooth transition.
Ian has been a member of the Group’s Board for the last ten years fulfilling the roles of Chief Financial Officer and latterly the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Division. Ian played a major role in the IPO and the expansion of Pets at Home’s veterinary services with the acquisition of Vets4Pets.
Chairman Tony DeNunzio commented: “I am delighted that Ian is succeeding Nick as CEO, having seen them work together so successfully over the past four years on the strategic development of the Group. His appointment is consistent with the succession plan the Board set out when Ian was appointed last year as CEO of the Retail Division, and with the appointment of Graeme Jenkins as CFO.
“Ian has a strong vision for the Group based on his experience over ten years with Pets at Home in both financial and operational roles and I am confident he will continue to provide excellent leadership to the Group.
“I would like to thank Nick for steering the business so capably over the past four years, particularly in overseeing the Group’s IPO in 2014. On behalf of the Board, I wish him well as he takes a break from business life to spend time with his family.”
Pets at Home has also announced that Peter Pritchard is promoted from his role of Chief Operating Officer in the Retail Division to Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Division. Sally Hopson remains Chief Executive Officer of the Services Division and Louise Stonier as Group Legal Director and Company Secretary. Graeme Jenkins will join the Group as Chief Financial Officer on April 4.