STAMFORD, CONN. — The American Pet Products Association (APPA) has announced two new board members and two new additions to existing board positions.

Brett Johnson, vice president of customer experience at Radio Systems Corporation, and Todd Regan, senior vice president of marketing at Central Garden and Pet, have both been appointed to the board.

Brett Johnson
“Brett Johnson and Todd Regan bring a wide array of expertise to our association,” said Steve King, president and chief executive officer of APPA. “With continued growth in the pet industry, their combined experience building high-quality brands will greatly benefit our board.”

Johnson offers extensive experience in analytics, market research and insights, customer care and the Chinese market through his tenure with Radio Systems Corporation. Prior to joining Radio Systems, he spent two decades working in the internet and technology industries.

Todd Regan

Regan brings vast pet industry experience from numerous pet brands to the APPA board. Before joining the pet industry, he worked in brand management, marketing and sales roles at other large corporations including Kraft Foods and Nissan Motor Corporation.

“APPA is the pet industry’s leading authority in the advancement of pet products and promoting responsible pet care, and I’m honored to be named as a member of the board of directors,” Regan said. “I’m eager to work with the team to continue the success of the pet industry’s premier event, the annual Global Pet Expo. It’s a privilege to work with my fellow directors and the APPA team to help build programs to strengthen the industry, increase responsible pet ownership and build awareness of the joys and benefits of pet ownership.”

Tommy Baroody

Additionally, Chuck Latham, current chief executive officer of H&C Animal Health, has been tapped to serve as chairman of APPA’s board, and Tommy Baroody, current vice president of sales for Nestlé Purina North America, will assume the role of secretary and treasurer of the board.

"I am honored to serve as the new Chairman of the Board, and serve alongside fellow leaders of our industry," Latham commented. "I look forward to working closely with the other board members to achieve the goals and objectives we've set forth to advance the pet products industry, and help our members prosper.

Chuck Latham

“I'd also like to thank Alice Tillett of Petmate/Doskocil Manufacturing Company, Inc., for her hard work on the board the past two years. She will remain with us to serve as the Immediate Past Chair,” Latham said.

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