Petco Strengthens Leadership Team with Accomplished Retail Leaders

SAN DIEGO, April 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Petco today announced that it has filled two key leadership roles, hiring Michael M. Nuzzo as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Michael W. Zuna as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing & Digital Officer.

"We are pleased to have two such accomplished leaders join the Petco team," said Petco CEO Jim Myers. "As CFO, Mike Nuzzo brings a successful track record of leadership for both public and privately-held companies and will play a key role in helping us further refine and execute our long-term growth strategy. As Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Michael Zuna's wealth of innovative marketing experience will enable Petco to communicate our passion for pets and deliver the increasingly digital experience our customers expect while continuing to differentiate us from the competition."

"As we look to the future, I'm confident that the expertise of our leadership team positions us to successfully execute key strategic initiatives, as well as further deliver on our brand vision of a better world through healthier pets and happier people," Myers added.

As CFO, Nuzzo will be responsible for leading the company's overall financial strategy and execution, with accountability for finance, information technology, legal, investor relations, supply chain, and business development functions.

Before joining Petco, Nuzzo served as Chief Administrative Officer at 4moms, a leading high-tech baby gear brand. Previously, he served as CFO and Executive Vice President at GNC Holdings, Inc. and as Senior Vice President, Finance, and in various other leadership roles at Abercrombie & Fitch, Inc. Nuzzo has an MBA degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Kenyon College. 

"I'm truly excited to be joining Petco, a company that has a well-earned track record of performance, and a strong reputation as a trusted brand, as well as a bright future in the dynamic pet specialty category," said Nuzzo.

As Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Zuna will be responsible for leading the company's effort to engage with pet parents and nurture powerful relationships for better lives together. He will have accountability for all marketing, advertising, public relations, digital and e-commerce activities for Petco.

Previously, Zuna served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Aflac U.S., a Fortune 150 company and the nation's largest provider of supplemental insurance. Before joining Aflac in 2009, Zuna was managing director at Saatchi & Saatchi New York.

He also held leadership roles at Arnold Worldwide and Ogilvy & Mather. Zuna earned a bachelor's of science degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy. In 2014, Zuna was ranked 31st in a study by Forbes of the world's most influential CMOs.

"Pets are such an amazing and rewarding part of people's lives, and I'm very humbled and excited to be joining Petco, a company that is uniquely positioned to help consumers celebrate the human-animal bond," said Zuna.

Nuzzo and Zuna will be joining Petco later this month and both will be based at the company's national support center in San Diego.

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About Petco and the Petco Foundation

Celebrating 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,400 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; 10 Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.