Petco Health and Wellness Company has tapped a retail veteran as its next chief human resources officer.
Holly May will fill the role effective Feb. 4, leading the pet retailer’s HR strategy. Prior to joining Petco, May served as executive VP & global chief human resources officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance for over two years, where she led all aspects of the organization's global HR and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) functions. Previously, she held executive leadership roles at Starbucks, Abercrombie & Fitch, Visa and more, totalling two decades of HR experience.
"Our knowledgeable and passionate partners (employees) are Petco's most valuable asset and differentiator — everything we do begins with their expertise and ability to deliver hands-on pet care," said Petco CEO Ron Coughlin. "Holly brings an impressive track record of driving comprehensive HR strategies that align with business objectives and deliver transformational growth. On behalf of the entire Petco leadership team, we look forward to working alongside her to continue supporting our 29,000 purpose-driven partners."
May is based at Petco's National Support Center in San Diego. She graduated from Wellesley College and earned her master of finance degree from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.
"Over the past week, I've had the pleasure of meeting many Petco partners, and I've directly observed their passion for taking care of pets and pet parents," said May. "I look forward to helping this high-impact team further harness that passion to fuel both personal and business growth across the organization."
Based in San Diego, Calif., Petco operates more than 1,500 pet care centers across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.