PetSmart Charities(R) Names Jan Wilkins Vice President and Executive Director
PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- PetSmart executive Jan
Wilkins begins a new chapter in her career on February 4, as she
takes the top job at the nonprofit PetSmart Charities.
A 22-year veteran with PetSmart, Wilkins most recently served as the
company's regional vice president for Desert Plains, where she
managed a team of 8,000 associates. As executive director of PetSmart
Charities, she will oversee a team that finds homes for more than
420,000 homeless pets annually and provides millions of dollars in
funding to help pets in need in all 50 states and Canada. Both
PetSmart Charities and PetSmart are based in Phoenix.
"We're thrilled to welcome Jan to the PetSmart Charities team," says
Jaye Perricone, PetSmart Charities' board vice chairperson. "Her
strong leadership skills and intimate knowledge of both organizations
will be critical in helping us realize our vision of finding a
lifelong, loving home for every pet."
Wilkins began her career at PetSmart in 1990 as a salon manager in
Tucson, Arizona. Over the next two decades, she worked her way up
through the company, holding leadership roles in pet care operations,
store operations and loss prevention. She also served as a district
Pet adoption is a large part of Wilkins' professional and personal
lives. Under her leadership, PetSmart associates in the Desert Plains
region found adoptive homes for more than 50,000 pets in 2012. She
and her husband Roy also are pet parents to two rescued Labrador
Retrievers, Boomer and Boo.
Wilkins is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a bachelor's
degree in business administration and an MBA. She currently serves on
the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Maricopa County in Arizona.
About PetSmart Charities
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities,
Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates
and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise
awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy
relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of
animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has
provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting
animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more
than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn
more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a
lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or
call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).
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