J.K. Symancyk joined PetSmart as president and CEO in June 2018 and became a member of the company’s board of directors. J.K. is a consumer retail veteran with more than 25 years of industry experience managing complex retail operations, including his previous role as CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his ability to lead companies, driving profitable growth and improving the organizational performance of internal teams at large, multi-channel consumer businesses. Previously, J.K. served as president of Meijer, where he was responsible for leading all aspects of the retailer. He also held management positions at Walmart Stores, including Sam’s Club and Walmart International.
J.K. graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He and his wife have two children and are pet parents to two dogs: Sammy, a Lhasa/Bichon mix, and Stella, a Havanese.