David K. Lenhardt, Former PetSmart President & CEO, Joins the
Nation’s Leading Dog Daycare, Boarding and Spa Facility
PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#dogdaycare–Dogtopia Enterprises®— the nation’s leading dog daycare, boarding,
training and spa facilities— announced today that former President & CEO
of PetSmart David K. Lenhardt has been appointed to Dogtopia’s board of
Lenhardt served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of PetSmart,
the leading pet retailer, and spent more than 14 years with the company
before stepping down in 2015 after BC Partners, a private equity firm,
took the company private.
Dogtopia Board Chairman Peter H. Thomas is pleased to have Lenhardt join
a talented Dogtopia board of directors. “David is a deeply experienced
businessman and leader in the pet industry. He will have a tremendous
impact on our company and strategic vision,” Thomas said.
Dogtopia ended 2016 with a robust 19.2 percent comparable sales growth.
With 44 stores open and more than 60 additional locations sold, Dogtopia
is on track to have approximately 75 locations operating by December
2017 in several new major markets.
“I am very excited to join the Dogtopia team and look forward to helping
grow this powerful brand in the pet services market,” Lenhardt said.
Prior to his role as President & CEO, Lenhardt served in multiple senior
leadership roles at PetSmart from 2000-2012. From 1996 to 2000, he
served as manager of Bain & Company, Inc., where he led consulting teams
for retail, technology and e-commerce clients. Lenhardt also has served
as an analyst in the corporate finance and Latin American groups of
Merrill Lynch & Co.’s investment banking division. He also serves as a
Director of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is a former board member of
Banfield Pet Hospitals.
Founded in 2002, Dogtopia is an early pioneer and innovator in the pet
services industry, offering an experience focused on safety and
transparency in the market. With an emphasis on education, exercise and
socialization for dogs, pet parents have the assurance of leaving their
beloved furry family members in the hands of trained professionals in an
environment created with the safety of dogs in mind. Each facility
averages between 3,500–10,000 square feet and is specially designed to
provide dogs and pet parents with the best experience. With 44 locations
across North America, the brand is now the largest provider of dog
daycare in the United States and will continue expansion by franchising
with successful entrepreneurs. For more information on Dogtopia, visit www.Dogtopia.com or www.Dogtopia.com/success.
Fishman Public Relations