Captain D's Names New COO and VP of Company Operations

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D's has expanded its leadership team, promoting company veterans Tim Ward and Andy Castle to chief operating officer and vice president of company operations, respectively. Additionally, the company promoted David Rentschler to director of operations for the Nashville-Knoxville-North SC district and Jen Daley to Knoxville area director.

Applebee's Appoints New Chief Operations Officer

Glendale, Calif. — Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar® has promoted Kevin Carroll, a restaurant operator with nearly three decades of experience, to senior vice president, chief operations officer, reporting directly to John Cywinski, president, Applebee's.

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.

Betco® Names New President and COO

Bowling Green, Ohio — According to Paul Betz, CEO of Betco Corporation, the following company promotions are effective July 1, 2017: Brad Betz has been promoted to president; Denise Lennard has been promoted to chief operating officer; and Tony Lyons continues as chief financial officer.

Things Remembered Names New President, COO & CFO

Cleveland — Lisa Gavales has resigned from her post at Things Remembered as chairman, chief executive officer and president. Nelson Tejada has been promoted from senior vice president and chief merchandising officer to president, and Dave J. Helkey, has been promoted from chief financial officer to chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

JLM Energy Hires Chief Operating Officer

Rocklin, Calif. — JLM Energy, a renewable energy technology company, has hired Erin Clark as chief operating officer. At JLM, Clark will focus on scaling operations for rapid growth. As COO, he will oversee a broad set of responsibilities ranging from sales and marketing, to finance and product development.

Federal Signal Hires Chief Operating Officer

Oak Brook, Ill. — The board of directors of Federal Signal Corporation, a leader in environmental and safety solutions, has appointed David G. Martin as its chief operating officer. He will join the company on April 10, 2017 and will report directly to Jennifer L. Sherman, president and chief executive officer.

TGI Fridays Names New President & COO

Dallas — Longtime restaurateur Jerry Comstock has joined TGI Fridays™ as president and chief operating officer. In addition, Stephanie Perdue has joined the team as chief marketing officer; she comes to TGI Fridays from Taco Bell.

Ignite Restaurant Group Names Interim COO

Houston — Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. has named Debra Eybers as its interim chief operating officer, effective November 29, 2016. In addition, Lou Anne Banks joined the company as vice president of marketing on October 17, 2016.

Kirkland's Adds New Chief Operating Officer

Nashville, Tenn. — Kirkland's, Inc. is strengthening its senior leadership team with the appointment of Mike Cairnes to executive vice president and chief operating officer, a new position, effective November 28, 2016.

Kneaders Bakery & Café Names New COO

Salt Lake City — Kneaders Bakery & Café has named Neil Checketts as its new chief operating officer, effective immediately. For the past year and since his time with Kneaders, Checketts has served as vice president of food safety and quality assurance.

The Vitamin Shoppe Hires Chief Operating Officer

Secaucus, N.J. — Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., a leading specialty retailer and manufacturer of nutritional products, has hired Jason Reiser as chief operating officer, effective July 11, 2016. He joins the Vitamin Shoppe from Dollar Tree, Inc. (successor to Family Dollar), where he was most recently executive vice president, chief merchandising officer for its Family Dollar business.

Sears Canada Names EVP & Chief Operating Officer

Toronto — Sears Canada Inc. has appointed Becky Penrice as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Penrice has been senior vice president and interim chief operating officer since February 1, 2016. Prior to that, Penrice was senior vice president, human resources and information technology.

EDENS Names New Chief Operating Officer

Bethesda, Md. — EDENS, one of the nation's largest owners and developers of community shopping centers, has appointed Rob Wyant as chief operating officer. He brings over 30 years of experience in the retail real estate industry, with most of his career spent at General Growth and Westfield. 

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