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.

FacilitySource Adds New COO to Support Record Growth

Columbus, Ohio — FacilitySource, a national, tech-enabled facilities management company, has added Christine Kowalczyk as chief operating officer. Kowalczyk brings more than 20 years of global service operations and client management leadership to her new role at FacilitySource.

Edible® International Names New Chief Operating Officer

Wallingford, Conn.— John Merkin has been named COO of Edible® International (Edible®). In this role, he will oversee all franchise operations for the world's largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements. Merkin will also oversee Edible's® supply chain organization.

Naranga Names COO of Franchise Operations

Atlanta — Faraz Iqbal has been promoted to chief operating officer of Naranga, an Atlanta-based franchise IT solutions and operations software company. Previously, he was vice president of technology solutions and delivery at Naranga.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Names New President and COO

Oklahoma City — Orange Leaf has named Kendall Ware as its new president and chief operating officer. Ware, who has more than 10 years of franchise leadership experience, most recently served as vice president of operations and training for the Orange Leaf brand. As president and COO, Ware will oversee strategic development, operational execution and brand growth.

Federal Signal Appoints Senior Vice President and COO

Oak Brook, Ill. — Federal Signal Corporation, a leader in environmental and safety solutions, has appointed Mark D. Weber as the company's chief operating officer, effective January 15, 2018. Weber, former president and CEO of Supreme Industries, Inc., has more than 30 years of experience leading industrial manufacturing teams and organizations — including 17 previous years at Federal Signal.

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.

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