ROBERT F. MORAN
DOCTOR OF COMMERCIAL SCIENCE
Robert F. “Bob” Moran ’72 VSB is chairman of the board of GNC Holdings Inc. Before assuming this role, he was GNC’s interim chief executive officer, and he remains actively involved in the company’s operations. Prior to his leadership at GNC, he spent several years as the chairman and chief executive officer of PetSmart, Inc. Moran joined PetSmart in 1999 as president of North American stores. He was appointed president and chief operating officer in 2001, and became chief executive officer in 2009. Moran retired as PetSmart’s chairman and chief executive officer in 2013.
With more than 40 years of international, financial, operational and merchandising experience in the retail sector, Moran has served as president of Toys R Us, Ltd, Canada; chief executive officer of Sears de Mexico; and chief financial officer and executive vice president of Galerias Preciados of Madrid, Spain. In 2011 and 2012, he was named as one of Fortune Magazine’s “Top 50 People in Business.”
Moran previously served as a member of the Villanova School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and, in addition to his service with GNC, is currently a member of the board of directors of Hanesbrands, Inc. and Fressnapf Holdings SE.
In addition, he sits on the board of the USA Track & Field Foundation, a nonprofit organization that, in addition to supporting Olympic hopefuls in track and field, brings physical fitness programs to schools. He is also involved with St. Michael’s Indian School in northern Arizona. The school, one of the missions founded by St. Katharine Drexel, educates Native American children in one of the most impoverished communities in the US.
Moran is a major contributor to the Phoenix Ballet and to Experience Camps for Grieving Children, which offers free, one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. He has always made giving to Villanova University a priority, generously supporting numerous initiatives throughout the University.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Villanova School of Business in 1972 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Arizona and the Citadel.