Phillips Pet Food & Supplies Announces Todd Shelton Appointed as CEO

EASTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phillips Pet Food & Supplies (“Phillips” and the “Company”), a leading
and fast-growing nationwide distributor of pet food and supplies, today
announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Todd Shelton as
Chief Executive Officer, effective today. Todd brings more than 25 years
of distribution leadership and a track record of growth across numerous
industries. He joins Phillips after most recently serving as an officer
of Essendant Inc. (NASDAQ: ESND), a leading supplier of workplace
essentials. During his 14-year tenure, Todd served as President of
Essendant’s two largest operating units, working closely with customers
and manufacturers across numerous channels.

“With the support of our great team, Phillips has become a partner of
choice for our customers and manufacturers. Todd has the perfect
combination of distribution and leadership experience to build upon the
current team’s momentum,” said Kent Weldon, Chairman of the Board. “Most
importantly, I have great confidence that his values align with those
that have served our vendors, customers and our employees for
generations.”

“For nearly 80 years, the Phillips commitment to quality, integrity, and
trust has generated strong customer and manufacturer relationships,”
said Mr. Shelton. “It is an honor to join the Phillips family as we
continue to meet the unique and ever-changing needs of our customers and
vendors.”

Blaine Phillips has served as CEO of Phillips since 1981 and has
championed the creation of a nationwide distribution company for the pet
specialty markets. His vision and commitment to customer service,
quality, and relationships transformed the company. “We want to thank
Blaine for his leadership of Phillips over the past thirty-five years,”
said Mr. Weldon.

About Phillips Pet Food & Supplies

Phillips Pet Food & Supplies is a family-run and operated business,
which started out as a single feed store in 1938. Today, we have 16
distribution centers that are strategically located across the country.
We proudly service Pet stores, Aquatic stores, Feed & Farm stores,
Groomers, Veterinarians, and Humane Organizations. Our commitment is
simple: To provide our customers with the products and services that
will contribute to the growth and profitability of their business. The
pet specialty business continues to change rapidly and we embrace the
changing needs. For more info, visit http://www.phillipspet.com

Contacts

Phillips Pet Food & Supplies
Sheryl Maher
610-730-0256
x1238
or
Sard Verbinnen & Co.
Matt Benson/Robin
Weinberg
212-687-8080