Date:           June 21, 2012
Contact:        AKC Communications
Phone:          212-696-8228


NEW YORK, NY – American Kennel Club Chief Operating Officer John Lyons announces the appointment of Michael Ganey to the position of Vice President of Marketing, effective today. Ganey joined AKC in September 2011 as Director of Marketing and was promoted following Vice President Lisa Gonzalez’s resignation.

Prior to his tenure at AKC, Ganey held senior leadership positions at Howard, Merrell & Partners and Bahlsen, Inc., and founded his own advertising agency, Cobalt Advertising. In past roles, he provided strategic marketing consulting leadership for BASF Plant Science, Cisco, SAS Institute, Fujitsu, Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark, Resound, Interton, Coors Brewing, CORDURA®, BB&T, ING Direct and several technology startups. Ganey has also led significant product launches with Anheuser-Busch, Bahlsen and Frito-Lay.

“Michael’s years of marketing experience and education and the knowledge of AKC he has gained working with our customers will allow him to easily step into his new role as Vice President of Marketing,” said AKC COO John Lyons. “We’re very pleased to welcome him to this position and know that in his hands, AKC will continue to grow and serve our constituents with innovative products and services.”

Ganey received his MBA from The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and completed a Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program at the Harvard Business School.


The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recover!
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