Diversey Appoints New CEO

Charlotte, N.C. — Diversey, a customer-centric, global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry, today announced the appointment of Mark S. Burgess as its new chief executive officer, effective December 17, 2018.

Diversey CEO to Resign

Charlotte, N.C. — Diversey, a customer-centric global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry, plans a transition of executive responsibilities. Dr. Ilham Kadri will resign from her position as Diversey’s chief executive officer, effective December 31, 2018, to take another executive role, which will be separately announced. In the interim, Dr. Kadri will concentrate on strategic areas needed to ensure a smooth transition.

JCPenney Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc.’s board of directors has appointed Jill Soltau as chief executive officer and a member of the board, effective October 15, 2018. Soltau is a 30-year retail veteran who most recently served as president and CEO of JOANN Stores, the nation’s largest fabric and crafts retailer, after serving as president of Shopko Stores.

Kirkland's Names CEO, President/COO Appointments

Nashville, Tenn. — Kirkland's, Inc. is strengthening its senior management team with the addition of Steve "Woody" Woodward as chief executive officer. Woodward, who is currently president and chief merchant of Crate and Barrel, will join the Kirkland's team on October 22, 2018. The company's acting CEO, Mike Cairnes, will be promoted from his previous position of executive vice president to president in addition to resuming his previous role as chief operating officer.

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.

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