Gap Brand President to Depart Gap, Inc.

San Francisco — Jeff Kirwan, president and CEO of Gap brand, will leave Gap Inc. A search is underway for a new president of Gap brand. In the interim, Brent Hyder, currently serving as Gap Inc.’s executive vice president, global talent and sustainability, will oversee the brand.

Chipotle Names Taco Bell CEO as its Next Chief Executive

Denver — Chipotle Mexican Grill’s board of directors has appointed Brian Niccol as chief executive officer and a member of the board, effective March 5, 2018. Niccol most recently served as CEO of Yum! Brands' Taco Bell division, where he was responsible for the highly successful turnaround of the business.

Deep Green Waste & Recycling, Inc. Appoints CFO

Marietta, Ga. — Deep Green Waste & Recycling, Inc. has added Josh Beckham as chief financial officer. Beckham is a CPA with over 16 years of experience in senior corporate financial management and has spent the last 8 years overseeing a succession of financial and analytical departments at AT&T.

Goalz Restaurant Group Appoints VP of Operations

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Goalz Restaurant Group, recently formed franchise operator for Captain D’s, Church’s Chicken and Dog Haus, has appointed Jeron Boemer as vice president of operations in Arizona. In addition, Boemer is partnering with Goalz to develop Dog Haus locations in Tempe, Ariz., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Castle Rock, Colo.

Big Lots Names SVP, Chief Customer Officer

Columbus, Ohio — Big Lots, Inc. has appointed Stephen M. Haffer as senior vice president, chief customer officer. He joins the company from American Signature, Inc., where he most recently served as chief innovation officer.

Kroger Promotes SVP of Retail Divisions & President of Fry’s

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has named key leadership promotions to support Restock Kroger. Steve McKinney, currently president of the Fry's Food Stores division, has been promoted to senior vice president of retail divisions for the company, effective February 5, 2018. Monica Garnes, currently corporate vice president of produce-floral merchandising, will succeed McKinney as president of the Fry's division.

BRIX Holdings Names Operations Executive as its New CEO

Dallas — BRIX Holdings, LLC has named long-time operations executive Craig Erlich as CEO, effective immediately. The current BRIX Holdings franchise portfolio includes the Red Mango® Yogurt Café Smoothie & Juice Bar, Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar, RedBrick Pizza® Kitchen Cafe, Souper Salad® and Greenz® chains.

Mattress Firm Appoints New CEO

Houston — Mattress Firm, Inc., the nation's largest specialty mattress retailer, has announced that Ken Murphy will step down as CEO and president and Steve Stagner, executive chairman and chairman of the board, will assume the additional responsibilities of CEO effective March 1.

Subway® Names Director of Global Operations

Milford, Conn. — Subway® restaurants has promoted Tracy Steinwand to the role of director of global operations. In her new role, she will lead all aspects of Subway's global operations, including restaurant and field operations, and transforming the customer experience in restaurant.

Cole Haan Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

New York City — Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer, has appointed Tom Linko as chief financial officer. He brings a wealth of experience to this role, having served most recently as CFO of Kate Spade & Co.

Brinker International Names Chief Digital Officer

Dallas — Brinker International, Inc. has named Wade Allen as its senior vice president and chief digital officer, effective immediately. Allen will transition from David Doyle, former Brinker chief information officer, who will retire after more than 23 years with the company.

A.C. Moore Appoints New President

Berlin, N.J. — A.C. Moore has appointed Anthony Piperno as president of the arts and crafts specialty retailer. He assumed responsibilities on January 16, succeeding long-time leader and industry pioneer Pepe Piperno, who will remain actively involved in the company as chairman and CEO.

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