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WellPet appointed Reed Howlett as chief executive officer. 

Howlett is an accomplished thought leader in the premium pet food industry, with over 25 years of relevant experience. He has served in many executive and leadership roles within the sector, including as CEO of pet food company Nature's Variety.

Howlett succeeds Camelle Kent-Rizkalla, who over the last eight years helped to elevate WellPet and its brands, and will continue in an advisory capacity with WellPet. 

The company also announced the appointments of Jeffrey Watters and Paul Kayser to the board of directors. Watters joins the WellPet board with over 33 years of relevant industry experience, serving most recently as president and CEO of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. Kayser has over 28 years of relevant experience and is currently president and CEO of Clearlake portfolio company Pretium Packaging.

"WellPet is well positioned as an innovator in the highly dynamic premium pet food and treats category," said Arta Tabaee, managing director at Clearlake. "We couldn't be more excited to have Reed, Jeff and Paul join the WellPet team to drive increased investment and growth under our sponsorship."