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Petco Names Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary


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Petco has appointed Genevieve Kelly as chief legal officer and corporate secretary overseeing all legal, corporate governance and regulatory affairs for the company.

“Genevieve is a proven leader with an impressive scope of experience as a corporate attorney,” said Ron Coughlin, CEO of Petco. “I’m thrilled to welcome her to Petco’s leadership team and confident her unique perspective and counsel will serve as tremendous assets for our business as we continue transforming the company for both pet parents and our own Petco partners.”

As chief legal officer and corporate secretary, Kelly will be responsible for leading Petco’s legal affairs department in support of Petco’s strategic plans, growth objectives and broader vision for healthier pets, happier people and a better world.

Kelly brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in legal practice for multinational corporations from around the globe. Prior to joining Petco, she served as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Dole Food Co., where she was promoted five times to roles of increasing scope and responsibility during her 14 years there. 

Previously, Kelly worked as a corporate attorney for the international law firms Sidley Austin LLP and McDermott Will & Emery, and as legal counsel for multinational corporations Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and for the global investment bank Houlihan Lokey.  

Kelly will be based at Petco’s national support center in San Diego.

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