PetSmart Charities added Ben Jacobs to its board of directors.
Jacobs, a Yale graduate, credits his career path to his childhood pet who passed away rather suddenly – a German Shepherd named Bear. His grief turned into a lifelong passion for helping pet parents better identify problems earlier. Bear's story served as inspiration for launching Whistle, a company that focused on veterinary care that was acquired by Mars Petcare in 2016.
Following Whistle's acquisition, Jacobs partnered on Mars' ventures Companion Fund and Leap Venture Studio that back pet care products, technology and services — programs designed to support consequential growth across pet care start-ups as they begin to scale.
In his current role as managing partner at Atmosphere, Jacobs brings long-term capital and operational partnership to companies that deliver meaningful value in everyday life. He previously worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, helping clients across technology, private equity and consumer goods sectors.
"Caring for pets makes us all better people," said Aimee Gilbreath, president at PetSmart Charities. "While pet ownership is at an all-time high, we know 80 million pets in the U.S. don't receive adequate veterinary care. We're especially excited Ben is joining us now as we develop new strategies to open access to affordable, quality veterinary care."