San Diego-headquartered Petco has appointed Michelle Bonfilio as Chief Human Resources Officer. Starting on Oct. 22, Bonfilio will be based at Petco’s National Support center in San Diego.

“Michelle is known for developing progressive HR strategies and fostering diverse, cohesive, high-impact cultures that promote both employee engagement and business success,” said Petco CEO Ron Coughlin via a press release. “I’m excited to welcome her to our leadership team and confident her point of view will be invaluable as we work to further tap into our team’s distinctive passion and unlock Petco’s full potential.”

Prior to joining Petco, Bonfilio, who has more than 20 years of experience, served as CHRO for The Wine Group, LLC, and before that, she held a couple of senior leadership roles at Delta Dental of California, Big Heart Pet Brands and Gap, Inc.

Bonfilio has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis. Petco operates more than 1,500 retail locations and employs more than 26,000 people across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.