Petmate Names New CEO To Succeed Outgoing Leader

Paul Tonnesen will be taking the helm following "a decade of strong leadership and growth" under CEO Alice Tillett, who will remain in a consulting capacity to ensure a smooth transition.

Paul Tonnesen has been named CEO of Petmate, an Arlington-based supplier and manufacturer of pet products.

The company said Tonnesen will be taking the helm following a decade of strong leadership and growth under CEO Alice Tillett, who will remain in a consulting capacity to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

“I’m honored to serve as Petmate’s next CEO and look forward to working alongside the talented Petmate team to grow relationships with our customers and partners and expand on the strong foundation of the business,” Tonnesen said in a statement. I’d like to thank Alice for her guidance and strategic leadership of the business as well as the capital and strategic support of our new ownership group, I’m incredibly excited for the future and confident we will continue to support Petmate’s customers with a best-in-class portfolio of innovative pet products and brands.”

Tonnesen previously was CEO of Oregon Tool and group global president of Fiskars and comes to Petmate with more than three decades of experience in consumer products leading global, billion-dollar suppliers and manufacturers, producing innovative solutions, and serving as a key partner to customers in multiple evolving industries. With extensive executive and board member experience, Tonnesen has used his robust network of contacts and industry experience to successfully lead a variety of consumer product organizations, Petmate said.

“It has been my greatest pleasure to lead the dedicated Petmate team over the past ten years. I am extremely proud of our employees and their unwavering commitment to the company and to our customers. Our team’s resilience over the years has been commendable,” Tillett said in a statement. “Paul is a proven leader and an experienced executive, and I have the utmost confidence he will continue—and build upon—our success. I will be rooting for everyone at Petmate as they take these next steps.”

Founded in 1959 as Doskocil Manufacturing Inc., Petmate provides fun, trusted quality products worldwide to enhance the lives of pets and their families.

Its products include bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads, travel, and more. Its portfolio of pet, family-favorite brands include Chuckit!, Pet Qwerks, Healthy Chews, Gamma2, JW, and La-Z-Boy.

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