David Lenhardt

Board Member

David is the former President & CEO of PetSmart, the largest US retailer of pet food, supplies, and services.  He joined PetSmart in October, 2000, as senior vice president of Services, Strategic Planning and Business Development and was in multiple senior leadership positions over the next eleven years.  In June 2013, he was named chief executive officer and in April 2014 he was named president and chief executive officer.  David led the strategic review process of PetSmart in 2014, resulting in the sale of PetSmart to BC Partners for $8.7B, representing the highest equity valuation in the history of the company and the largest retail LBO in US history. David stepped down as CEO in March, 2015 upon the closing of the transaction.

David and his wife Dawn are avid collectors of contemporary art.  David is the Vice Chair of the Phoenix Art Musuem board and also serves on both the National Committee and the Paintings and Sculpture Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.  Additionally, he currently serves on the board of directors for Casey’s General Stores, The Michaels Companies, Dogtopia Enterprises, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

David has a BA in Government, Magna Cum Laude, from Cornell University and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.