The American Pet Products Association (APPA) has appointed its new CEO as Peter Scott, which will be effective as of August 15, 2022.
Scott comes with more than 20 years of experience, having served as CEO of the American Academy of Optometry since 2019. Prior to that position, he spent more than six years as CEO of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), a nonprofit organisation which supports and advances veterinary professionals internationally. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Stetson University and MBA from Nov Southeastern University.
Alongside an impressive portfolio, Scott has a reputation for executing change, driving product innovation and building cultures of empowerment and accountability. He has “earned the ear” of some of the largest organisations, including Microsoft, Wyndham, Mars, Kraft, and others.
Throughout his career Scott has earned numerous awards which include the PRSA Silver Anvil and Radiance Awards, which is given to organisations that have successfully addressed modern issues, multiple Forbes Best of Web and Webby Awards, and the Technology and Learning Magazine’s Award of Excellence. More recently, he was recognised as Orlando Business Journal’s CEOs of the Year last year.
“APPA is extremely pleased to welcome Peter, a seasoned association executive, to the team. We are confident he is well positioned to lead the Association as it continues to grow, succeed and elevate the global pet care community,” says Chuck Latham, chairman of the APPA board. “On behalf of the entire board, I would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to board member Bob Merar for his leadership and contributions during his time as interim CEO.”
“As those in the pet industry know, we are not only a part of a market-leading and constantly growing industry – reaching a record $123 billion in sales in 2021 – but also a thriving community that aims to lift each other up and help each other succeed,” remarks Scott. “I look forward to working alongside the APPA team, our members and other industry partners and stakeholders to continue promoting responsible pet ownership and play a small role in this amazing industry’s achievements moving forward.”
APPA reported a new sales record for the pet industry this year, having exceeded US$123 billion in sales in 2021, a landmark that was celebrated by the association as proof of the pet industry’s resilience. More information on that can be found, HERE.
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