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December 14, 2016

Julie Rowe 
The Impetus Agency

American Pet Products Association Announces Staff Promotions

(Greenwich, CT) – American Pet Products Association (APPA) Executive Vice President & COO Andrew Darmohraj proudly announced today two staff promotions. 

     Edith Martignetti, who previously served as General Manager, has been promoted to Associate Vice President, Human Resources. In her new role at APPA’s headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut, she will be overseeing all aspects of Human Resources in addition to coordinating office functions and planning APPA Board events and meetings. Martignetti continues to play an important role in the organization of Global Pet Expo as well.  She is responsible for the overall supervision of registration and coordinates exhibitor listings in the Global Pet Expo Show Directory. Martignetti is a graduate of Berkeley College and is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE).   

     Alexandra Simonfay has been promoted from Project Coordinator to Associate Manager, Industry Relations. In her new role, Simonfay will plan and execute organization meetings, manage events for APPA’s industry-related initiatives and manage contacts and secure event space. She will also be responsible for overseeing the development of the Global Pet Expo Show Directory and assist with exhibitor registration and buyer qualification at the Show. Simonfay earned a bachelor’s degree at Manhattan College and a Master of Arts at Marist College. She recently earned a Certified in Exhibition Management™ (CEM) designation, and is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She was also recently named among IAEE’s “20 Under 30.” 

     “On behalf of the APPA Board and staff I am so proud to announce the promotions of Edith and Alex.  They are both true assets to the Association – and the pet industry - and we’re thrilled to see them excel in their new roles,” said Darmohraj. “Alex has shown tremendous growth in her time with APPA and Edith has been a trusted, integral part of this team for many years. We look forward to their continued leadership and contributions.”


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)and the Pet Care Trust.  Visit for more information. 

Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2016 Show featured 1,087 exhibitors, 3,218 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,170 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2017 Show will take place March 22-24, 2017 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit