NEW YORK — Dog chew manufacturer Benebone appointed Michael Kirkus to director of operations on Sept. 16. At Benebone, Kirkus will help build the company’s international supply chain, following the recent establishment of its international headquarters.

“I am honored to join the Benebone team during such a remarkable growth stage and international expansion,” Kirkus said. “I am eager to utilize and share my diverse knowledge and work experience to provide the best products to our pets while supporting Benebone's growing customer base. Possibly even more excited than me is my Pomsky, Maverick, a longtime fan of Benebone, who is very eager to lend his paw to future product development.”

Kirkus has more than a decade of experience in supply chain within the manufacturing and retail industries. He recently helped lead revitalization efforts at and previously worked for and Cargill. Kirkus has a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management and extensive experience in end-to-end execution, process management and improvement, reporting, and data-led decision making.

“We're thrilled to have someone of Michael's caliber joining our team,” said Paul Nolan, chief operating officer at Benebone. “As our range of US-made toys continues to grow, Michael will be pivotal in leveling up operations and raising the bar for how we serve our customers. Michael's dynamism is well suited to our small, focused team at Benebone and he already fits in perfectly. We're super excited for the future.”

Kirkus’ appointment follows many personnel additions to Benebone’s team as it seeks to ramp up its international presence. In August 2022, the company appointed an international sales and marketing manager, and in April 2022 the company appointed a new chief growth officer.

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