Kirk Young Named President of ANF Pet
ANF Pet, Inc., a global natural and holistic pet food company, has appointed Kirk Young to the role of president. A 30-year veteran in the global pet food and care industry, Young offers ANF Pet deep knowledge and experience in sales, marketing and worldwide operations, said company officials.
Formerly ANF Pet’s senior executive vice president of sales and marketing, Young established new sales and marketing strategies, and provided manufacturing and formulation guidance which has resulted in the growth and expansion of the company. As president, Young will direct all facets leading the ANF Pet strategic vision globally as the company prepares to dramatically expand in North America and other parts of the world over the next five years.
“ANF Pet has always been focused on developing nutritionally superior foods for pets. I am honored to be leading such a great organization, one that has been around since the 1950s and has such a strong commitment to the pet specialty industry,” said Young.
Currently, ANF Pet encompasses six brands worldwide: ANF, Precise Pet, Advantage, Precept Plus, Star Pro and Lone Star. Over the years, food science, nutrition, as well as what pet owners want and expect, has evolved. ANF Pet has made adjustments and introduced new products to meet the demands of an ever-changing marketplace. With Young leading the effort, ANF Pet plans to relaunch its entire product line to offer a full range of foods to satisfy every pet and every pet owner.
“Kirk has certainly proven how valuable he is to our organization. In addition to possessing more than thirty years of experience in the pet industry, Kirk is a leader who is smart, strategic, respected and dedicated,” said HM Chang, CFO of KODO, Inc., which owns ANF Pet, Inc. “He has the perfect combination of the traits we need at ANF Pet. We look forward to what the future holds for our company with Kirk as the president.”
To help strategically execute the expansion efforts, Young has put in place a dedicated team of sales, marketing, research and manufacturing professionals at ANF Pet. There are several key changes and additions to the management team including:
- North America: With more than three decades of industry knowledge and experience, Scott Steed has been promoted to sales director, responsible for all sales in U.S. and Canada. A 38-year sales veteran, Pete Pennell has been taken the role of strategic sales director working on the key sales efforts for the region.
- Asia Pacific: Bringing to ANF a wealth of sales experience in the AP region, Chang Moon has accepted the position of sales director.
- EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa): With more than two decades of experience in the pet food industry, Dr. Stephan Leoni has taken on the role of sales director.
- Global: Recently, Ronna Krahl joined the ANF team of professionals as the new marketing director of ANF. Krahl has 30 years of pet specialty marketing experience to bring to this worldwide role. Chris Atterberry earned a promotion to business development manager at ANF worldwide.