Pet Food Experts new staff

Pictured left to right: Elaine Rei Marques, Barry Silver, Jim Sharp, Natalya Fater, Kelly Pye, Brian Wyrostek and Nicole Dominguez

Pet Food Experts, a distributor of pet food and supplies, is fueling its ongoing growth trajectory with a number of senior leadership appointments, officials said in mid-February. The new leads include finance, customer experience, information technology, business development, marketing and human resources.

“Today’s organizational announcement is another building block in our company’s transformative journey,” said Michael Baker, president and CEO of Pet Food Experts, which is based in Pawtucket, R.I. “We’re moving quickly to structure our organization for faster growth so we can respond to the ever-changing needs of independent pet retailers and brand partners across the U.S. These leaders bring a wealth of industry knowledge, innovation and experience from their respective industries and I look forward to working together as we scale and grow our business.”

Key personnel include:

  • Elaine Rei Marques was promoted to vice president of finance and will lead the company’s accounting team and oversee finance and accounting operations
  • Outside and inside sales will be integrated into one customer experience team under the leadership of Jim Sharp, vice president of customer experience
  • Kelly Pye, who was promoted to director of customer experience and strategic accounts, will focus on optimizing end-to-end ordering, sales, training processes and partnerships with key strategic accounts nationwide
  • Barry Silver was promoted to vice president of information technology and will further innovation and digitization as a growth enabler
  • Brian Wyrostek, who was promoted to vice president of strategy and business development, will lead strategic change initiatives to drive advancement and new business development opportunities
  • Natalya Fater was named vice president of human resources and will focus on building strategic, people-first human resource strategies
  • Nicole Dominguez was named vice president of marketing and will drive marketing strategy, branding and digital transformation

“The changes support work already underway to create a more agile organization focused on strategy, modernization, brand revitalization and portfolio expansion,” officials said.


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