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Villanova University Announces Election of Two New Board of Trustees Members

Robert F. Moran, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PetSmart, Inc., and Thomas A. Wagner, III, Founding Partner and Managing Member of Knighthead Capital Management, join Villanova’s 34-member Board

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees.  Robert F. Moran, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PetSmart, Inc., and Thomas A. Wagner, III, Founding Partner and Managing Member of Knighthead Capital Management, joined the University’s 34-member Board, effective Jan. 1.  

“We are delighted to welcome these two distinguished business leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “Their acumen and experience will be a valuable addition as the Board works to chart the future direction of the University.”

Robert F. Moran, ’72 Villanova School of Business (VSB), retired in 2013 from his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PetSmart, Inc., the largest specialty retailer of pet food and supplies in the U.S., with more than 1,200 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Moran joined PetSmart in 1999 as President of North American stores.  In 2001, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2009, was named President and Chief Executive Officer.  Moran was appointed Chairman of the Board in January 2012, retaining the title of Chief Executive Officer.

Moran joined PetSmart from Toys R Us, Ltd., Canada, where he was President.  Prior to that, he spent 20 years with Sears, Roebuck and Company in a variety of financial and merchandising positions, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears de Mexico.  He was also Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Galerias Preciados of Madrid, Spain from 1991 through 1993. In addition to his role on Villanova’s Board, he is currently a member of the Board of Directors for HanesBrands, Inc., GNC Holdings, Inc., and the USA Track & Field Foundation. Moran holds an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona.  

Moran received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Villanova School of Business in 1972.

Thomas A. Wagner, III, ’92 VSB, is a co-founding partner and managing member of Knighthead Capital Management LLC, a New York-based registered investment adviser founded in 2008. The firm specializes in long-short, event-driven, distressed credit and special situation opportunities across a broad array of industries.

Prior to Knighthead’s founding, Wagner spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a managing director responsible for running the distressed and high yield credit trading desks. He also co-managed the firm's Capital Structure Franchise Trading desk which combined the trading of credit and equity products issued by stressed and distressed companies.  Wagner was also active in the firm's mentoring, recruiting and diversity programs. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was a high yield trader and special situations research analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. 

Wagner graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School in 1999. Prior to attending business school, he worked for five years at Ernst & Young, LLP in the firm's hedge fund practice providing audit and consulting services to a wide range of investment funds. 

Wagner served as a member of the President’s Leadership Circle at Villanova University since 2010, as well as a member of the Villanova Financial Club. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Villanova School of Business in 1992. 

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in 69the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

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