Captain D's Names New COO and VP of Company Operations

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D's has expanded its leadership team, promoting company veterans Tim Ward and Andy Castle to chief operating officer and vice president of company operations, respectively. Additionally, the company promoted David Rentschler to director of operations for the Nashville-Knoxville-North SC district and Jen Daley to Knoxville area director.

Applebee's Appoints New Chief Operations Officer

Glendale, Calif. — Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar® has promoted Kevin Carroll, a restaurant operator with nearly three decades of experience, to senior vice president, chief operations officer, reporting directly to John Cywinski, president, Applebee's.

Schostak Hires Operations Veteran as EVP & COO

Livonia, Mich. — Livonia Mich.-based Schostak Brothers & Company has hired Thomas W. Litzler as executive vice president and chief operating officer, according to CEO David Schostak. He joins the company from Brixmor Property Group.

Hard Rock International Appoints President of Cafe Operations

Orlando, Fla. — Hard Rock International has appointed Stephen K. Judge as president of cafe operations. In this new role, Judge will use his more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry to oversee daily operations for 176 corporate and franchise locations around the world. Judge will report directly to CEO Jim Allen.

AmeriPride Promotes Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations

Minneapolis — AmeriPride Services, a leading textile rental services and supply company in North America, has appointed Andrew Steiner to senior vice president of Canadian operations, effective January 1, 2017. Steiner has been with AmeriPride since 2001, most recently as vice president of marketing and customer operations.

The Vitamin Shoppe Hires Chief Operating Officer

Secaucus, N.J. — Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., a leading specialty retailer and manufacturer of nutritional products, has hired Jason Reiser as chief operating officer, effective July 11, 2016. He joins the Vitamin Shoppe from Dollar Tree, Inc. (successor to Family Dollar), where he was most recently executive vice president, chief merchandising officer for its Family Dollar business.

Albertsons Appoints EVP, Retail Operations, East Region

Boise, Idaho — Albertsons Companies has appointed the current president of its Denver division, Susan Morris, to the position of executive vice president of retail operations over its East region. Morris is filling the vacancy created when Kelly Griffith announced earlier this month that he would be leaving the company.

Kroger Names Group Vice President of Retail Operations

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has promoted Mary Ellen Adcock to serve as Kroger's group vice president of retail operations, effective May 16, 2016. She succeeds Marnette Perry, whose retirement was previously announced. Adcock currently serves as vice president of operations for Kroger's Columbus division.

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