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.

Lowe’s CEO to Retire

Mooresville, N.C. — After 25 years with Lowe's Companies, Inc., Robert A. Niblock plans to retire as chairman, president and CEO of the company. The board of directors has initiated a search for his successor, and in the interim Niblock will remain in his current role.

Art Van Furniture President & CEO to Retire

Warren, Mich. — Kim Yost, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture, plans to retire after 9 years with the company. In order to ensure a seamless leadership transition, Yost will maintain his current role until a successor has been appointed. Art Van has commenced a process to identify and evaluate candidates for the position.

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.

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