Bob’s Discount Furniture Promotes President & CEO

Manchester, Conn. — Bob’s Discount Furniture has promoted Michael Skirvin to president and chief executive officer of the company. He has served as president and chief operating officer since 2011. Skirvin succeeds Ted English, who has overseen the company’s expansion from 27 stores in seven states when he joined in 2006 to 69 stores in 12 states across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest today. English, who has been elevated to executive chairman, will remain actively involved with the company.

Brinker International Names EVP of Strategic Innovation

Dallas — Brinker International, Inc. has named John Cywinski as executive vice president of strategic innovation, effective March 7, 2016. Cywinski has held multiple leadership positions at Yum! Brands, Inc., Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar®, McDonald's Corporation, BURGER KING® and The Walt Disney Company. Most recently, he served as president of KFC U.S.

Target Names EVP, Chief Supply Chain & Logistics Officer

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has hired Arthur Valdez as executive vice president, chief supply chain and logistics officer. Valdez will lead Target’s supply chain transformation including planning, distribution and transportation. He will report to Target’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, John Mulligan.

EMG Welcomes Senior Vice President of Sales

Owings Mills, Md. — EMG, an engineering, environmental, capital planning, and project management consulting company based in Maryland and Arizona, has hired Blake A. Brosa as a new senior vice president of sales. Previously, Brosa was a senior project manager for Quality Project Management (QPM), a company that merged with EMG in 2014. 

Foot Locker Promotes Two Executives

New York City — Foot Locker, Inc., the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, has promoted Stephen D. (Jake) Jacobs to executive vice president and CEO, North America, and Lewis P. Kimble to executive vice president and CEO, International, both effective February 29, 2016.

Two Key Executives To Retire From Kroger

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co.’s Jay Cummins, president of the company's Smith's division, and Marnette Perry, senior vice president for retail operations and strategic initiatives, plan to retire on April 29, 2016 after 44 years with the company.

Federal Signal Appoints SVP, Safety and Security Systems Group

Oak Brook, Ill. — Federal Signal Corporation, a leader in environmental and safety solutions, has promoted Matthew B. Brady to the position of senior vice president of its Safety and Security Systems Group (SSG). In this new role, Brady will lead all aspects of SSG's businesses based in North America. Brady joined the company in 2006, serving most recently as vice president and general manager of the Integrated Systems Division within SSG.

Carrabba's Italian Grill Names New President

Tampa, Fla. — Bloomin' Brands, Inc. has appointed Mike Kappitt as president of Carrabba's Italian Grill. In this role, Kappitt will be responsible for leading the operations and development of the Carrabba's brand in the United States. Kappitt most recently served as the senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Bloomin' Brands.

Scooter's Coffee Bolsters Executive Team; Plans 25 Locations in 2016

Omaha, Neb. — After a record-breaking year of expansion in 2015, Scooter's Coffee is positioning itself for even more growth in 2016. The national franchise has made significant changes to its executive team, which will equip the company with the industry expertise and resources it needs to accelerate its strategic growth plan.

FireKing Appoints Executive Vice President – Sales and Marketing

New Albany, Ind. — FireKing Security Group has hired Jim Poteet as executive vice president – sales and marketing, reporting to CEO Mark Essig. With more than 24 years of experience, Poteet will have over-arching sales and marketing responsibility for all safe product and commercial service activities at FireKing.

Togo's Promotes Two C-Level Executives

San Jose, Calif. — Togo's Eateries, LLC has promoted two senior vice presidents to c-level positions. Susan Koch, former senior vice president of finance, has been named chief financial officer, and Todd Peterson, former senior vice president of franchise development, has been named chief development officer. Koch and Peterson will continue to play instrumental roles in the revitalization and expansion of Togo's.

Smashburger Appoints New Chief Development Officer

Denver — Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant, has named Michael J. Nolan as its new executive vice president – chief development officer. Nolan will oversee the company's development (real estate, construction, design, facilities), franchise sales and IT departments, effective immediately.

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