BrightPet appoints CEO

BrightPet names Dave Kowal as its new chief executive officer.

Brightpet Nutrition Group continues to position itself as a respected industry leader through the success of recent acquisitions and organic growth. These developments have set the company on a path of evolution leading to energizing changes in its corporate structure and leadership. BrightPet is pleased to announce that after an extensive search, BrightPet has named Dave Kowal as its new Chief Executive Officer. Kowal brings decades of experience to the company and has a proven record of taking growing businesses to the next level. His previous experience includes: 

  • President at Champion Foods where he achieved compound annual growth rate of 17% vs the industry standard of 1% 
  • President of Little Caesars Fundraising where he lead the organization to record revenue growth 
  • CEO & President of Distant Lands Coffee Company where he grew sales 39% in two years 
  • President of US Bakery Products at Dawn Food Products 
  • Director of Marketing for National Accounts, Food Service and Bakery at The Pillsbury Company 

In addition to his impressive resume, Kowal has Board and Association Memberships with Huron Capital, CIES (Europe), ABIM (UK), IDDBA, RBA and SCAA Volunteer: Kellogg Mentor, U of M Alumni Recruiter, I-Care, St. Francis School of Finance Committee and Ronald McDonalds Red Shoe Charity. 

“We are thrilled to have Dave join our leadership team,” says Matthew Golladay, a third-generation stakeholder at BrightPet. “He not only brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him, but also an energy that aligns with our aggressive position for future growth.” 

BrightPet’s new hierarchy allows Golladay to transition into a role with concentrated focus on private label and manufacturing opportunities with both domestic and international customers. These changes continue an already active year of growth for BrightPet Nutrition Group following the acquisition of the former Miracle Corp. and its portfolio of assets. 


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