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.

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.

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