Express, Inc. Promotes CFO

Columbus, Ohio — Express, Inc. has promoted Perry Pericleous to senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. He will report to Matthew Moellering, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Kroger President & COO Retires

Cincinnati — Mike Ellis, president and chief operating officer of The Kroger Co., has retired after 40 years with the company. Ellis' successor will be named at a later date.

Edible Arrangements Names New CFO

Wallingford, Conn. — Edible Arrangements International has named Tony DiPippa its new chief financial officer (CFO). DiPippa replaces former CFO George Wilson, who moves over to support Edible Arrangements founder and CEO Tariq Farid in the expansion of Edible Brands and his other ventures.

Aeropostale Executive Vice President Departs

New York City — Emilia Fabricant, executive vice president of merchandising at Aeropostale, Inc., is leaving the company. Effective immediately, the company's senior merchandising team will report to CEO Julian R. Geiger. There are no plans to seek a replacement for Fabricant at this time.

Priority Sign Promotes President and Chief Operating Officer

Sheboygan, Wis. — Priority Sign has promoted Andy Dykstra to president after serving as executive vice president of sales since 2011. Additionally, Geoff Rosenbaum has been promoted to chief operating officer (COO) after serving as executive vice president of operations since 2011.

Orvis Names New President

Sunderland, Vt. — Perk Perkins, CEO of The Orvis Company Inc., has named the outdoor retailer's new president. William R. McLaughlin will succeed Raymond G. McCready, who will retire later this year. A former PepsiCo executive and CEO of Select Comfort Corporation, McLaughlin will assume the post on July 27, 2015.

Toys“R”Us Names New Chairman & CEO

Wayne, N.J. — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, has appointed David A. Brandon as chairman and CEO, effective July 1, 2015, succeeding Antonio Urcelay, who will retire from the company.

Chico's FAS President & CEO To Retire in Spring 2016

Fort Myers, Fla. — Chico's FAS, Inc.’s president and CEO, David F. Dyer, intends to retire in spring 2016. He will continue in his present role until a successor is appointed. After a successor is named, Dyer will remain on the board in the newly-created role of vice chairman through his current term, which ends at the company's annual meeting of shareholders in June 2016.

Metal-Era Appoints New Sales Manager

Waukesha, Wis. — Metal-Era, Inc., a national leader in commercial engineered roof solutions, has promoted Eric Godfrey to sales manager. In his new role, Godfrey manages all of Metal-Era’s customer account representatives.

True Value Names Senior Vice President & CFO

Chicago — True Value Company, one of the world’s largest hardware cooperatives, has named Deborah O’Connor as its new senior vice president and chief financial officer, succeeding current CFO David Shadduck who left True Value effective April 30, 2015, after nearly 14 years.

Tilly’s CFO To Depart

Irvine, Calif. — Jennifer Ehrhardt, chief financial officer of Tilly’s, Inc., a fast-growing specialty retailer with 212 stores, intends to resign. She will continue to serve as Tilly’s CFO for an interim period expected to end in June 2015, and will help with the transition process.

CEO of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. To Step Down

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — W. Bruce Johnson, CEO and president of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc., by mutual agreement with the company's board of directors, will step down on August 1, 2015, the end of the company's second fiscal quarter. He will continue to serve on the board until May 27, 2015.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Appoints New COO

St. LouisBuild-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., an interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, has named Chris Hurt to the position of chief operations officer, effective April 15, 2015. He joins the company from American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.

Dollar General CFO To Retire

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — David Tehle, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Dollar General Corporation, will retire on July 1, 2015. Prior to joining Dollar General in June 2004, Tehle spent 7 years with Haggar Corporation as executive vice president and CFO.

DWM Promotes Kyle MacDuff to Customer Service Team Lead

Latham, N.Y. — Kyle MacDuff has been promoted to customer service team lead at DWM Facilities Maintenance. MacDuff, who joined DWM in 2013, has been able to establish new protocols and metrics to ensure overall cost-containment across four national client portfolios.

Vitamin Shoppe Names New CEO

North Bergen, N.J.Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., a multi-channel specialty retailer and manufacturer of nutritional products, has hired Colin Watts as its new chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2015. Watts will also become a member of the board of directors.

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