PHOENIX, AZ, Mar 20, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) today announced the resignation of Ronald Kirk from PetSmart's Board of Directors, effective March 13, 2009.
Kirk, 54, accepted a position in President Barack Obama's new administration as U.S. Trade Representative, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this week.
"Ron has been a tremendous asset to our board and our shareholders, and we will miss him greatly. We wish him the best in his important new assignment," said Phil Francis, chairman and CEO of PetSmart. Kirk joined the board in 2003.
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company operates more than 1,112 pet stores in the United States and Canada, 142 in-store PetSmart PetsHotels(R) cat and dog boarding facilities, and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (www.petsmart.com). PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers complete pet training, pet grooming, pet boarding, doggie day camp and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities(R), Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization, has funded more than $70 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption programs, has helped save the lives of more than 3.5 million pets.