REGO Restaurant Group Names Chief Brand Officer

Denver — Mark Lohmann, a former senior executive with Qdoba Restaurant Group, has been named chief brand officer of REGO Restaurant Group, the fast-casual restaurant platform backed by High Bluff Capital Partners that includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar. The news follows the recent appointment of President and CEO Tim Casey, as REGO looks to expand its brand portfolio through strategic acquisitions.

Bojangles'® Names Chief Restaurant Support Officer

Charlotte, N.C. — Bojangles’, Inc. has hired restaurant industry veteran Kenneth M. Koziol as its new chief restaurant support officer, reporting directly to the brand’s new chief executive officer, Jose Armario. He joins the company from Panera.

BluJay Solutions Hires New CEO

Manchester, England — BluJay Solutions, a leading provider of supply chain software and services, has hired experienced software executive and industry leader Andrew Kirkwood as chief executive officer. His 25 years of experience in the supply chain and SaaS market will help BluJay continue to drive ever-higher levels of performance and customer satisfaction.

Bloomin’ Brands Names President of Bonefish Grill

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. has appointed Jeff Carcara as president of Bonefish Grill. In this role, Carcara will be responsible for leading the operations and development for Bonefish Grill restaurants across the United States. He most recently served as the CEO of Del Frisco’s Emerging Brands.

JOANN Stores Names President & CEO

Hudson, Ohio — JOANN Stores, the nation’s leading fabric and craft specialty retailer, has named Wade Miquelon as president, CEO and a member of the board of directors. Miquelon was appointed interim president and CEO in October 2018, in addition to continuing in his role as executive vice president and CFO, and led JOANN through a successful holiday season.

DWM Water Filtration Names Water Filtration Specialist

Latham, N.Y. — DWM Water Filtration has promoted Dovie Wood to water filtration specialist. She joined DWM in 2016 as a customer service coordinator. Her commitment to clients coupled with her mechanical background has resulted in outstanding results for DWM’s clients.

Express, Inc. CEO Departs, Company Names Interim CEO/President

Columbus, Ohio — David Kornberg, chief executive officer of Express, Inc., a leading fashion apparel retailer, has departed. Effective January 22, 2019, Kornberg vacated his positions as CEO, president and a member of the board of directors. Kornberg will remain employed by the company through February 21, 2019. The board of directors has appointed Matthew Moellering as interim CEO and interim president until a permanent CEO and president is appointed.

SMS Assist Promotes CFO to President

Chicago — SMS Assist has promoted Marc Shiffman to president. One of the company’s earliest employees — instrumental to its years of rapid growth and market leadership — Shiffman will assume the role immediately and continue as the company’s chief financial officer.

GPS Hospitality Names Senior Vice President of Operations

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has promoted Mike Kovac to senior vice president of operations. Previously, he was vice president of operations, where he achieved consecutive yearly sales increases.

Benjamin Moore & Co. Promotes Company Veteran to Chairman & CEO

Montvale, N.J. — Dan Calkins, president and chief operating officer of Benjamin Moore & Co., has been named chairman and chief executive officer. Calkins now reports to Greg Abel, vice chairman of parent company Berkshire Hathaway, and succeeds Mike Searles, who retired after 5 years at the helm.

Red Robin Appoints Executive Vice President and CFO

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. has appointed Lynn Schweinfurth as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 28, 2019. Guy Constant, Red Robin’s current executive vice president and chief financial officer, will move to lead company and franchise operations, development and facilities as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Biscuitville Names New Director of Finance

Greensboro, N.C. — Biscuitville Fresh Southern® has named Ryan Hilton director of finance. He will play a critical role in developing Biscuitville’s annual financial and long term strategic planning procedures. Prior to joining Biscuitville, Hilton served as senior finance manager in the real estate department at Advance Auto Parts.

NIKE, Inc. Names New President & CEO of Converse, Inc.

Boston — Effective Jan. 22, 2019, G. Scott Uzzell will become president & CEO of Converse, Inc., according to parent company NIKE, Inc. Uzzell comes to Converse from The Coca-Cola Company where he most recently served as president, venturing & emerging brands group (VEB).

Diversey Appoints New CEO

Charlotte, N.C. — Diversey, a customer-centric, global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry, today announced the appointment of Mark S. Burgess as its new chief executive officer, effective December 17, 2018.

Yum! Brands Appoints Non-Executive Chairman

Louisville, Ky. — Brian C. Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation, has been appointed by the Yum! Brands board to serve as non-executive chairman of the board. Cornell has served on the Yum! Brands board since 2015. He will succeed Robert D. Walter, who is retiring from his role as Yum! Brands non-executive chairman.

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