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American Pet Products Association Names CEO

He’s known for ‘executing transformational change, driving product innovation and building strong cultures of empowerment and accountability.’




STAMFORD, CT — The American Pet Products Association has appointed Peter Scott to the role of CEO, effective Aug. 15.

Scott has served as CEO of the American Academy of Optometry since 2019. Prior to that, he spent more than six years as chief operating officer of the North American Veterinary Community, a nonprofit organization supporting veterinary professionals.

“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,” said Chuck Latham, chairman of the APPA board and founder of H&C Animal Health. “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.”

Scott “has developed a reputation for executing transformational change, driving product innovation and building strong cultures of empowerment and accountability that consistently exceed expectations,” according to a press release.

“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,” said 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.




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