Front Burner Names CEO for Whiskey Cake and Ida Claire

Dallas — Front Burner Restaurant Group, LLC, the developer of distinctive restaurant concepts, has named Steve Shlemon as chief executive officer of Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar and Ida Claire. With a career that spans 35 years, Shlemon will lead operation strategy, menu innovation and marketing for both concepts.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Names Chief Financial Officer

Katy, Texas — Academy, Ltd. d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors, a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, has appointed Michael Mullican as chief financial officer, effective January 10, 2018. It is a position he has held on an interim basis since September 2017.

Bloomin' Brands Hires SVP, Digital Marketing

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin' Brands, Inc. has hired Ramin Eivaz as senior vice president of digital marketing, analytics and CRM. This newly created position will lead a team that will integrate brand marketing and digital analytics for an enhanced customer experience.

Nordstrom Rack President to Retire

Seattle — After three decades marked by expansion and success, Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Rack, will be retiring from Nordstrom in March 2018. Karen joined Nordstrom in 1985 and has held many leadership roles within the company, including president of Nordstrom Canada, where she led the first-ever international expansion of Nordstrom's full-line stores.

Red Robin Appoints New Executive Vice President

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., a full-service restaurant chain, has appointed Beverly Carmichael as executive vice president, chief people, culture and resource officer. She joins the company from Cracker Barrel.

Office Depot, Inc. Appoints New CFO

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. has appointed Joseph T. Lower as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 8, 2018. He succeeds Stephen E. Hare, who is retiring after 4 years in the role. Hare will assist in the transition of duties.

Papa John’s Names New CEO

Louisville, Ky. — Papa John's International, Inc. has promoted its president, Steve Ritchie, to chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Ritchie began his Papa John’s career more than 20 years ago as an hourly customer service representative.

Diversey Welcomes New Retail Food Safety Lead

Charlotte, N.C. — Diversey has hired Dr. Clyde “Chip” Manuel as the retail food safety lead for North America. In his new role, Manuel will represent Diversey at industry conferences, serve as a technical expert to improve customer food safety practices and act as a thought leader and a liaison between the Diversey business, R&D and its customers.

Macy’s Names Chief Product and Digital Revenue Officer

Cincinnati — Macy’s, Inc. has appointed Jill Ramsey as chief product and digital revenue officer, effective January 8, 2018. The role was established to focus on reimagining how people shop, bridging the physical and digital worlds through seamless customer experiences.

Federal Signal Appoints Senior Vice President and COO

Oak Brook, Ill. — Federal Signal Corporation, a leader in environmental and safety solutions, has appointed Mark D. Weber as the company's chief operating officer, effective January 15, 2018. Weber, former president and CEO of Supreme Industries, Inc., has more than 30 years of experience leading industrial manufacturing teams and organizations — including 17 previous years at Federal Signal.

Lowe's Hires New Chief Digital Officer

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe's Companies, Inc. has named Vikram Singh as the company's senior vice president, chief digital officer, effective January 4, 2018. The newly created role will report to Michael P. McDermott, chief customer officer, and will further accelerate Lowe's digital evolution.

Domino’s Names EVP Promotion and SVP Hire

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Domino's Pizza has promoted its U.S. chief marketing officer, Joe Jordan, to executive vice president – international, reporting to Richard Allison, president of Domino's International. Jordan will oversee the Domino's leadership team across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, regions that represent nearly one-half of Domino's international sales.

REI Names 3 New Executive Leaders

Seattle — REI, the nation's largest consumer co-op, has made three recent hires to lead its teams in legal, information technology and REI Co-op Brands: Wilma Wallace, Christine Putur and Chris Speyer.

Macy’s Executive Chairman To Retire

Cincinnati — Terry Lundgren, executive chairman of Macy’s, Inc., will retire from the board of directors on January 31, 2018. The board has appointed Jeff Gennette, who has been CEO since March 2017, to the additional role of chairman effective January 31, 2018. This will complete the planned transition that was announced in June 2016. Marna Whittington remains lead independent director. Following Lundgren’s retirement, the board will have 10 directors.

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.

The World’s Largest Hot Dog Chain® Names New President

Irvine, Calif. — After more than 15 years learning every aspect of the family business, J.R. Galardi has assumed the role of president of Galardi Group (GGI), the parent company of Tastee-Freez, Hamburger Stand and Wienerschnitzel, the iconic Southern California-based hot dog chain with 331 restaurants in 10 states and Guam.

Natural Grocers Appoints New CFO

Lakewood, Colo. — Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. has appointed Todd Dissinger as chief financial officer (CFO), effective January 1, 2018. Dissinger will assume the CFO role from Sandra Buffa, who will retire effective December 31, 2017.

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