PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PetSmart, Inc. has named Paulette Dodson to the position of senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.
Dodson brings more than 25 years of legal counsel experience to PetSmart, most recently serving as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Sara Lee Corp. While Dodson served there, Sara Lee had more than $9 billion in annual revenue and 25,000 employees worldwide, and was the global manufacturer and marketer of its namesake products, Sara Lee, among others.
“We’re very excited to have Paulette join PetSmart,” said Bob Moran, PetSmart’s chairman and CEO. “She has extensive expertise in a broad-based corporate legal support setting across multiple industries including consumer goods, and she’ll be a valuable addition to our leadership team.”
Before joining Sara Lee, Dodson spent 14 years at the Tribune Company, which owns The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. From 1992 to 2000, Dodson served as counsel for publishing, and from 2000 to 2007, she held the title of assistant general counsel for publishing. Dodson has also held roles at Inland Steel as an operations attorney from 1989 to 1992 and Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, MN as a corporate finance associate from 1987 to 1989.
A native of Jamaica, Dodson earned her bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and a law degree from Cornell Law School.
PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 50,000 associates and operates more than 1,241 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 194 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp SM day care services and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization and the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of nearly 5 million pets.