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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) recently announced that its president and CEO, Bob Vetere, will be retiring following next year’s Global Pet Expo. The organization’s board of directors has selected Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) president, Steve King, to succeed Vetere. King will join APPA in January of 2019 and will work with Vetere to ensure a smooth transition.
“I have given my all to this industry for many years and it was very important to me that my replacement be someone with the same passion that has fueled me, and I’m fully confident that that person is Steve King. I’m so grateful for my dedicated staff and every one I’ve worked with along the way, and now look forward to stepping back and enjoying retirement.”
— Bob Vetere, President & CEO, APPA
Vetere’s tenure as APPA’s CEO began in 2002. In the intervening 16 years under Vetere’s leadership, APPA’s membership has grown from 668 to 1,270. Vetere has also lead several industry-wide initiatives, including the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the Pets Add Life Campaign, and the Pet Leadership Council.