Chipotle Names Taco Bell CEO as its Next Chief Executive

Denver — Chipotle Mexican Grill’s board of directors has appointed Brian Niccol as chief executive officer and a member of the board, effective March 5, 2018. Niccol most recently served as CEO of Yum! Brands' Taco Bell division, where he was responsible for the highly successful turnaround of the business.

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.

Papa John’s Names New CEO

Louisville, Ky. — Papa John's International, Inc. has promoted its president, Steve Ritchie, to chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Ritchie began his Papa John’s career more than 20 years ago as an hourly customer service representative.

Chipotle Begins Search for New CEO

Denver — Steve Ells, chairman and CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill — and the founder of the company in 1993 — is stepping aside as CEO. Ells will become executive chairman following the completion of a search to identify a new CEO.

Yum China’s President/COO Will Succeed CEO in March 2018

Shanghai — Yum China Holdings, Inc.’s chief executive officer, Micky Pant, will transition to vice chairman and senior advisor. Joey Wat, who currently serves as president and chief operating officer, will succeed Pant as CEO of Yum China. The succession plan will take effect on March 1, 2018.

GNC Names Permanent CEO

Pittsburgh — The board of directors of GNC Holdings, Inc., a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, has appointed Ken Martindale as its permanent chief executive officer. Martindale succeeds interim CEO Bob Moran, who has been elected non-executive chairman of the GNC board.

Sur La Table Names New Chief Executive Officer

Seattle — Sur La Table, a leading retail destination since 1972 for those passionate about cooking and entertaining, has appointed Billy May as chief executive officer. May, a fourth-generation retailer, will also join the board of directors. He succeeds Diane Neal who retired earlier this year.

DineEquity Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Glendale, Calif. — DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, has appointed Stephen P. Joyce as its new chief executive officer, effective September 12, 2017. He joins DineEquity from Choice Hotels, where he served as CEO.

J.Crew Names New Chief Executive Officer

New York City — J.Crew Group, Inc. has named James Brett as chief executive officer. Brett, an executive with more than 25 years of retail experience, most recently served as president of specialty home furnishing company West Elm.

Hanna Andersson Names New President & CEO

Portland, Ore. — Hanna Andersson, a leading premium children's apparel and lifestyle brand, has hired Joelle Maher as president and chief executive officer, effective May 30, 2017. She joins the company from Sears Holdings Corporation.

Gymboree Names New President and CEO

San Francisco — The Gymboree Corporation has appointed Daniel Griesemer as the company's new president and chief executive officer, effective May 22, 2017. Griesemer joins Gymboree after a 5-year tenure leading Tilly's, an action sports-inspired teen and young adult apparel retailer where he served as president and CEO.

Macy’s Names New CEO

Cincinnati — The board of directors of Macy’s, Inc. has unanimously elected Jeff Gennette as chief executive officer, effective March 23, 2017. A 30-year veteran of Macy's, Gennette succeeds Terry J. Lundgren, who will continue as executive chairman.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Names CEO

Franklin, Tenn. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®, has named Jason Marker as the company’s new chief executive officer. Most recently president of Kentucky Fried Chicken® U.S. (KFC), Marker has extensive domestic and international QSR experience. He is expected to start as CEO in April.

Lands’ End Names New CEO

Dodgeville, Wis. — Jerome Griffith has been hired as chief executive officer of Lands' End, Inc. Griffith most recently served as president and chief executive officer at Tumi Holdings, Inc. He has also joined the Lands' End board of directors.

Tiffany & Co. CEO Steps Down

New York City — Frederic Cumenal has resigned as chief executive officer of Tiffany & Co., effective immediately. The search for a successor is underway. During this process, Michael J. Kowalski, chairman of the board of directors and previous CEO of Tiffany, will serve as interim CEO while continuing as chairman.

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