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Pets at Home promotes Ian Kellett to role of CEO as Nick Wood steps down

Monday March 21st 2016

Pets at Home has announced that its chief executive Nick Wood will be stepping down in early April and will be succeeded by the company's chief financial officer, Ian Kellett.

Due to take up his new role on 4 April, Kellett 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 of the retail division.

After eight years working in the North West, Wood is stepping down so he can be based in London with his family.

Tony DeNunzio, Pet at Home chairman, said: "I am delighted that Ian is succeeding Nick as chief executive, having seen them work together so successfully over the past four years on the strategic development of the group.”

He added: "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 has been promoted from his role of chief operating officer in the retail division to chief executive of the division. As previously announced, Graeme Jenkins will join the group as chief financial officer on 4 April.

Meanwhile, Sally Hopson will remain as chief executive of the services division while Louise Stonier will continue in her roles of group legal director and company secretary.