On May 21, PetSmart announced J. K. Symancyk as their new CEO. Symancyk’s appointment will be effective the week of June 11 and he will join PetSmart’s Board of Directors.
Symancyk brings with him more than 25 years of industry experience, having previously worked with Academy Sports + Outdoors, where he was President and CEO since 2015. While working for Academy Sports + Outdoors, he focused on creating and implementing a new strategic growth plan and leading internal teams to improve organizational performance.
Symancyk has also served as President of Meijer, where he led all aspects of the $16 billion retailer. He also worked in various management and merchandising positions with Wal-Mart Stores, including with Sam’s Club.
“The Board and I are confident that J.K. has the right qualities to lead PetSmart,” said Raymond Svider, Managing Partner at BC Partners and Executive Chairman of PetSmart. “J.K. has a 25-year track record as a proven leader, and has driven profitable growth in large, multi-channel consumer businesses,” Svider said. “J.K. brings significant experience in managing complex retail operations, growing brands, improving operating performance and customer experience and delivering results. We look forward to working with and supporting J.K. as he leads PetSmart forward on its transformational journey to be the most convenient, best-in-class pet retailer.”
Symancyk said, “PetSmart is an iconic brand with a strong footprint in brick-and-mortar and digital. I am looking forward to working with the talented management team to grow the business and to continue to fulfill the mission to be the trusted partner to pets and pet parents. This is an exciting and dynamic time for retail, and we will work together to create additional opportunities for growth and deliver the best and most convenient experience for our customers and their pets across all of PetSmart’s channels.”