Clayton L. Mathile
Mathile bought the struggling pet food company from the founder when it had only one main product. Over the next decade, Mathile increased the company’s revenues by tenfold and introduced a full line of pet food and other pet-related products. In so doing, Mathile brought national recognition to the former “word-of-mouth” brand. The once fledgling firm was sold to Procter & Gamble for $2.3 billion in 1999.