Pets at Home Group Plc (LON: PETS), the UK’s leading pet care business, today announced the conclusion of the process announced at the Interim results in November 2019, to appoint a successor to outgoing Non-Executive Chairman Tony DeNunzio. After an extensive external and internal search process the board is pleased to announce Ian Burke to the appointment of the role.
Ian has been chair of Studio Retail Group plc since 2017 and is also a non executive senior independent director of intu properties plc, where he has been a member of various board committees since 2018. Ian has extensive board experience; past board positions include CEO of Thistle Hotels, Chair of the privately owned veterinary group Vet Partners, and a long tenure on the board at Rank Group plc. as non executive chair, executive chair and CEO.
Tony will stay in role in order to ensure an orderly handover to Ian who will assume his new position at the start of the new financial year.
Peter Pritchard, Pets at Home Group Group Chief Executive Officer, commented:
Over the last 10 years, Tony has been an exceptional chair overseeing our transition from a private business to a listed company. More recently he has supported our business in implementing the strategic plan to become “The World’s Best Pet Care Business”, bringing everything together for the pet owner, driven by data and insight. Our recent performance is reflective of the progress we are making by focusing on our core capabilities and differences. We will miss Tony and thank him for his enormous contribution, his wise counsel and above all his friendship. We all wish him well for the future. I’m delighted to welcome Ian, as our new Chairman, and look forward to working alongside him as we continue to deliver our exciting strategy.