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Pet Partners Adds Member to Board of Directors


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Pet Partners, an organization that registers therapy animals for animal-assisted interventions, welcomed Brian Schwartz—venture partner at Extol Capital, a growth equity firm focused on U.S.-China investments and founder of BPS Marketing Services, a consulting firm focused on marketing, innovation and growth for brands—to its board of directors.

“Brian’s marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies can provide a lot of value to the organization,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners.

Pet Partners aims to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond, registering nine species of animals with their human handlers as therapy animal teams. Pet Partners teams make more than 3 million visits per year in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries, airports and at employee well-being events. Pet Partners also advocates for legislation that promotes human health and well-being through its grassroots advocacy program, and educates handlers and the public about the positive impact of animal-assisted interventions (AAI).

Schwartz has more than 10 years of experience in designing innovative digital, e-commerce, retail and omni-channnel marketing programs. Prior to joining Extol Capital and founding BPS Marketing Services, he served as vice president, global partner marketing at Expedia Group, where his teams were responsible for acquiring new hotel partners and promoting existing services to 435,000-plus hotel partners worldwide. Schwartz also worked at Dreamworks Animation for six years, where he had various roles including head of global licensing partnerships and head of retail marketing and consumer products for various international territories.

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