Phoenix, 2016-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of PetSmart Charities®today announced that it has appointed Dr. David Haworth, DVM, PhD, as its new President, effective May 2. A veterinarian by training, Dr. Haworth has more than 15 years of experience in the animal health industry.
Commenting on the announcement, Steve Marton, Chairman of PetSmart Charities’ Board of Directors, said, “David has extensive medical, philanthropic and business experience in the animal welfare field, making him uniquely qualified to lead PetSmart Charities in its next phase of growth. He has a true passion for our mission to end pet homelessness and support pet families. We are confident that David will help PetSmart Charities become a stronger, more effective and efficient organization. It is a privilege to have him on board.”
Dr. Haworth added, “I am excited to join this important organization, with its strong purpose and a committed group of associates. PetSmart Charities is an industry leader in pet philanthropy, and I look forward to working closely with the team, as well as its network of animal welfare organizations and not-for-profit partners, to execute PetSmart Charities’ reinvigorated strategy and build upon its significant success to date.”
Dr. Haworth joins PetSmart Charities from the Morris Animal Foundation in Denver, Colorado, where he most recently served as the President and CEO. He has been Chair of the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative’s (HABRI) Research Working Group since 2010, and will continue in that role with PetSmart Charities. Previously, Dr. Haworth spent eleven years with Pfizer’s Animal Health business. Dr. Haworth earned his veterinary degree as well as a Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from Colorado State University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Animal Cancer Center, also at Colorado State University.
Dr. Haworth will report to Steve Marton, Chairman of the PetSmart Charities Board; and Eran Cohen and Paulette Dodson, Co-Vice Chairpersons of the PetSmart Charities Board.
About PetSmart Charities™
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.
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