UPDATE: Pets at Home has hired American Golf boss Nick Wood as its new chief executive

Pets at Home chief executive Nick Wood

Wood replaces Matt Davies who revealed his intention to step down from the pets specialist last October.

Wood joins the KKR-owned retailer from more than 90-store golfing specialist American Golf which was acquired by fellow private equity firm Sun European Capital in December.

Davies will stand down the Pets at Home top job in April 24 after seven years in the role.

Commenting on his new role Nick Wood said: “Pets at Home has a unique place in the retail landscape, built on a strong identity and a real passion for people and pets.  There’s an excellent management team and a real enthusiasm at all levels to achieve great things.”

Wood, who has been chief executive at American Golf since 2008, has previously held senior roles at DSG International, owner of electricals retailer Dixons where he was managing director.

Chairman Tony DeNunzio said: “Nick’s commercial skills will further enhance our strong management team and his leadership will bring fresh impetus to our growth plans.

“I would like to thank Matt for his enormous contribution to the success of Pets at Home over the past 10 years. We wish him well in his future career.”