After 12 Years Petco CEO Set to Retire, Who Will Take His Place?

Petco announced that chairman and CEO, Jim Myers, a 26-year company veteran and CEO since 2004, will be retiring early next year. As part of Petco's long-term succession plan, company president and chief merchant, Brad Weston, who joined Petco in 2011, will succeed Myers as CEO as of February 1, 2017.

Myers joined Petco in 1990 and has been a key leader in building and growing the company from a regional player into a leading national pet specialty retail chain with more than 1,470 Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico. Petco also boasts a rapidly growing online business through and Drs. Foster & Smith, the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier of prescription services and pet supplies.

"I am tremendously proud of the entire Petco team and all we've accomplished during the last 26 years," said Myers. "We've assembled one of the strongest leadership teams in the industry and together we've built a great brand and a very clear strategy that informs our long-term objectives and priorities."

As president and chief merchant, Weston has been responsible for driving the company's overall business strategy, operations and merchandising activities, as well as marketing and e-commerce. Prior to joining Petco, he held senior leadership roles at Dick's Sporting Goods, May Merchandising Company and Robinsons-May.

"I couldn't be more excited about the incredible opportunities that lie ahead for Petco and our more than 25,000 Petco Partners across the company," said Weston. "We've come a long way over the past 50 years and I look forward to working closely with our partners, vendors and other stakeholders to continue supporting pet parents with the very best in products, services and solutions for better lives together."
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