Petco Strengthens Leadership Team

by Katie Lee

San Diego — Petco has made several key leadership changes, including the addition of chairman responsibilities to CEO Jim Myers’ role and naming Brad Weston president. Additionally, Steve Lossing has been promoted to senior vice president, operations. Lossing’s previous role will be helmed by Rebecca Frechette, the company’s new senior vice president, merchandising.

“Brad has made outstanding contributions to our company, demonstrating leadership across our business and building a world-class merchandising, marketing and store design team,” says Myers, who has been with Petco for 25 years. 

Previously, Weston served as executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president, Unleashed by Petco. A seasoned retail veteran, Weston joined Petco in October 2011 as executive vice president, Chief Merchant, and has led the evolution of the Unleashed by Petco brand and format. Prior to joining Petco, Weston held various leadership positions in merchandising for other retailers, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy and May Department Stores.

Lossing will succeed Tom Farello, who is retiring in 2016 after 9 years as senior vice president, operations. In his role, Farello has led operational strategy and execution for more than 1,400 stores across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including the company’s Animal Care and Pet Services teams. Farello will work closely with his successor into next year on several projects before retiring. Previously, Lossing served as senior vice president, merchandising. Prior to joining Petco, he held a number of leadership positions for J.C. Penney and other retailers.

Frechette has been named senior vice president, merchandising. She will report to Weston. Previously, she served as senior vice president, Private Brand. Prior to joining Petco, Frechette served as senior vice president, merchandising, for 7-Eleven.

Founded in 1965, today Petco  operates more than 1,400 locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 120 Unleashed by Petco locations, 10 Pooch Hotel destinations, and



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