Big Lots Names New Chief Executive Officer

Columbus, Ohio — Bruce K. Thorn, a well-respected retail industry executive, has been named chief executive officer and president of Big Lots, Inc. Most recently, he was the president and chief operating officer of Tailored Brands, Inc., a leading specialty retailer of men's tailored clothing and men's formalwear. Tailored Brands announced Thorn's resignation on August 27, 2018.

Ben & Jerry's Introduces New CEO

Burlington, Vt. — Ben & Jerry's, the progressive ice cream maker from Vermont, has a new chief executive officer. Matthew McCarthy, a 21-year veteran at Ben & Jerry's parent company, Unilever, assumed the position on July 1, 2018.

Back Yard Burgers Taps Operations Veteran as New CEO

Nashville, Tenn. — Back Yard Burgers has hired Scott Shotter as its new chief executive officer. Axum Capital Partners, Back Yard Burgers' private equity firm, selected Shotter for his proven track record in operations and success in guest loyalty and team building strategies.

PIRCH Names New President and CEO

Costa Mesa, Calif. — PIRCH, the innovative home retailer that showcases the world's most admired kitchen, bath and outdoor appliances, has appointed Steve Smith as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Peet's Coffee Appoints New CEO

Emeryville, Calif. — Peet's Coffee® has appointed Kenneth C. (Casey) Keller, Jr. as chief executive officer, effective August 6, 2018. He will succeed Dave Burwick, who had served as CEO since 2012.

Dunkin' Brands Names New CEO

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), has appointed David Hoffmann as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. He will also serve on the company's board of directors and remain president of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. The members of the Dunkin' Brands leadership team will now report to Hoffmann, who is succeeding Nigel Travis. Travis is retiring from the role he has held since January 2009.

Edible Arrangements Names New CEO

Atlanta — Edible Arrangements®, the world’s largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements and all-natural, fresh fruit snacks and dipped treats, has named QSR industry veteran Mike Rotondo its chief executive officer. Previously, he was CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Petco Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

San Diego — Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. has named Ron Coughlin as its new chief executive officer, effective June 18, 2018. Coughlin joins the company from HP Inc., where he served for 11 years, most recently as president of personal systems.

Rue21 Appoints New President and CEO

Warrendale, Pa. — r21 Holdings, Inc. (rue21) has appointed Laurie Van Brunt president and chief executive officer, effective June 25, 2018. Also, Michele Pascoe has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer, and Stephen Sommers has been named senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

B.GOOD Appoints New CEO

Boston — B.GOOD, which offers great tasting, locally sourced burgers, bowls, salads and smoothies, has appointed Chris Fuqua as the company’s new chief executive officer. He assumes day-to-day leadership of the company following more than 8 years at Dunkin’ Brands, where he served in a variety of leadership roles including marketing, operations, supply chain and strategy.

Chipotle to Relocate Headquarters to Southern California

Denver — Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to relocate its headquarters, currently in Denver, to Newport Beach, Calif. Functions within the current Denver office will either be consolidated in Chipotle's existing office in Columbus, Ohio, or moved to the new headquarters in Newport Beach.

DAVACO Names New Chief Executive Officer

Dallas — DAVACO, the North American leader of multi-site programs for global brands, has promoted its chief operating officer, Keith Winters, to chief executive officer. Winters will assume the additional leadership role, effective immediately.

Subway® Restaurants' CEO to Retire

Milford, Conn. — Suzanne Greco, chief executive officer of Subway®, plans to retire at the end of June. Subway® has appointed Trevor Haynes, chief business development officer, as interim CEO, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, effective May 2, 2018.

Big Lots’ President and CEO to Retire

Columbus, Ohio — David Campisi plans to retire as the president, CEO and member of the board of directors of Big Lots, Inc. Campisi, who had been on a leave of absence for medical reasons since December 2017, has decided to retire in order to focus fully on his health.

Art Van Furniture Names President and CEO

Warren, Mich. — Art Van Furniture, the Midwest's Number 1 furniture and mattress retailer, has hired Ronald ("Ron") Boire, a retail industry veteran with extensive leadership experience, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective April 30, 2018. Boire will succeed Kim Yost, who is retiring after 9 years with the company.

Kirkland’s President & CEO to Retire

Nashville, Tenn. — W. Michael Madden has resigned from his roles as president, chief executive officer and director of Kirkland's, Inc., effective immediately, and will serve as an employee-advisor to the board until June 30, 2018. Michael B. Cairnes, the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as acting CEO while the board conducts a search for a new CEO.

Restaurant Industry Veteran Joins The Pie Hole as CEO

Los Angeles — The Pie Hole, a Los Angeles-based, rapidly growing pie and coffee shop, has brought on restaurant industry veteran Edie Ames as chief executive officer. She joins The Pie Hole’s team of co-founders to oversee expansion efforts across the U.S. and abroad. Currently, The Pie Hole has 12 locations.

Luminance and Hallmark Lighting Name New CEO

Chatsworth, Calif. — Luminance and Hallmark Lighting, which design and distribute high-end lighting solutions to residential and commercial industries, have appointed Christopher Larocca as chief executive officer to oversee the strategic direction of both firms.

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