Election of AKC Executive Officers

The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce the results of the annual election of officers, held in accordance with The Charter and Bylaws of the American Kennel Club.  At the April 2021 Board of Directors Meeting, the Executive Officers were re-elected to the following positions:

  • Dennis B. Sprung- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Gina M. DiNardo- Executive Secretary
  • Theodore E. Phillips- Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Sprung is a former breeder, club president, delegate, and judge. He has been involved with AKC for 52 years and worked here for the last 32. He has served as President and CEO since 2004. Ms. DiNardo was born into the sport with both of her parents being AKC judges. As a former exhibitor and breeder, she has worked at the AKC for 26 years and served as Executive Secretary since 2017. Mr. Phillips joined the company as an officer in May 2020 being CFO.

  • Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club 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 more than 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 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed 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 Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org. AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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