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.

dd's DISCOUNTS To Open 200th Store in June

Dublin, Calif. — dd's DISCOUNTS®, a division of Ross Stores, Inc. will open its 200th store in Manteca, Calif., on June 24, 2017. The 18,000-square-foot Northern California store is located in the Stadium Center at Highway 120 and Airport Way. The new location will increase the store count to 84 in California.

Things Remembered Names New President, COO & CFO

Cleveland — Lisa Gavales has resigned from her post at Things Remembered as chairman, chief executive officer and president. Nelson Tejada has been promoted from senior vice president and chief merchandising officer to president, and Dave J. Helkey, has been promoted from chief financial officer to chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

J.Crew Names New Chief Executive Officer

New York City — J.Crew Group, Inc. has named James Brett as chief executive officer. Brett, an executive with more than 25 years of retail experience, most recently served as president of specialty home furnishing company West Elm.

Egan Sign Hires 3 New Team Members

Wyomissing, Pa. — Egan Sign, a recognized leader in national sign management and corporate rebranding, has made three new hires. Andrew Ross has joined the organization as graphic designer, and Jessica Paladino and Devon Loose have been hired as project coordinators.

Dunkin' Brands Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), has promoted Kate Jaspon, interim CFO, to the position of chief financial officer (CFO), effective June 5, 2017. She will report directly to Dunkin' Brands' CEO, Nigel Travis.

Hanna Andersson Names New President & CEO

Portland, Ore. — Hanna Andersson, a leading premium children's apparel and lifestyle brand, has hired Joelle Maher as president and chief executive officer, effective May 30, 2017. She joins the company from Sears Holdings Corporation.

Dur-A-Flex Adds To Technical Services Team

East Hartford, Conn. — Dur-A-Flex, Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial and institutional, seamless, resinous floor and wall systems, has added Dylan Snyder to its technical services team as technical service manager – West.

Kroger Division President To Retire

Cincinnati — On June 21, 2017, Paul Bowen will retire from The Kroger Co., where he served as president of the Jay C and Ruler division. His successor will be named at a later date. Bowen spent 46 years with the company.

Gymboree Names New President and CEO

San Francisco — The Gymboree Corporation has appointed Daniel Griesemer as the company's new president and chief executive officer, effective May 22, 2017. Griesemer joins Gymboree after a 5-year tenure leading Tilly's, an action sports-inspired teen and young adult apparel retailer where he served as president and CEO.

Kroger Announces Retirement and Promotions

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has announced the retirement of Sukanya Madlinger, senior vice president of retail divisions, and the promotion of Calvin Kaufman to succeed her. Kaufman currently serves as president of Kroger's Louisville, Ky., division. Kroger has also promoted Ann Reed to serve as president of Kroger's Louisville division.

Cheesecake Factory CFO To Retire

Calabasas Hills, Calif. — The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, W. Douglas Benn, will retire from the company on July 7, 2017. He will be succeeded by Matthew Clark, who brings over 11 years of experience with the company, most recently serving as senior vice president, finance and strategy.

Amerlux Promotes Director of Specification Sales

Oakland, N.J. — Amerlux has promoted Tracie Jahn to director of specification sales. Jahn previously served as West Coast regional director for the company and will now report directly to Chuck Campagna, CEO/president, and Ted Des Enfants, vice president of sales.

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