Outward Hound Names New CEO



Outward Hound promoted Michael Black to CEO. 

In his new role, Black will be responsible for the strategic day-to-day leadership of the pet brand portfolio for future growth. Black succeeds Outward Hound founder Kyle Hansen, who will transition to a new role as vice chairman of the board of directors.

Since joining Outward Hound in May 2019, Black’s leadership as chief revenue officer has driven growth in Outward Hound’s key categories. He has championed the company’s e-commerce focus while strengthening retail partnerships and programs. Black’s leadership has also resulted in some of Outward Hound’s most impressive P&L results. Prior to joining Outward Hound, Black held several senior roles at Walmart and Reckitt Benckiser, where he focused on sales, brand building, P&L and category growth.

“Since Michael’s time as senior pet buyer at Walmart, he has known and worked with our senior management team,” said Hansen. “Michael has a deep understanding of the pet retail marketplace, and brings a strategic, collaborative, process-driven approach that will help us better serve our customers in the coming years. As our new chief executive officer, Michael’s leadership will be critical to reaching new pet parents in an evolving marketplace.”


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