PetSmart edits management team and organizational structure

PetSmart is making changes to its management team and organizational structure in conjunction with the retirement of president and COO Joseph O’Leary. The changes will become effective April 4.

Assuming the role of president will be current CEO David Lenhardt.

“On behalf of everyone at PetSmart, I want to thank Joe for his leadership and dedication to the company, our associates and our customers,” said Lenhardt. “Joe has been an integral part of PetSmart’s success for many years and we wish him all the best moving forward.”

“I’m proud of all that we have accomplished during my time at PetSmart, and am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented team of leaders and associates,” said O’Leary. “I continue to believe in PetSmart’s associates, vision and strategy, and it has been both a privilege and a pleasure to serve this great company for the past eight years.”

PetSmart does not intend to replace the COO position and will realign these responsibilities among four newly created EVP positions.

“Joe’s retirement has provided the opportunity to take a fresh look at our organizational structure and establish a senior leadership team that will best position PetSmart for future growth,” added Lenhardt. “