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.

Big Lots’ President and CEO to Retire

Columbus, Ohio — David Campisi plans to retire as the president, CEO and member of the board of directors of Big Lots, Inc. Campisi, who had been on a leave of absence for medical reasons since December 2017, has decided to retire in order to focus fully on his health.

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.

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.

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.

A.C. Moore Appoints New President

Berlin, N.J. — A.C. Moore has appointed Anthony Piperno as president of the arts and crafts specialty retailer. He assumed responsibilities on January 16, succeeding long-time leader and industry pioneer Pepe Piperno, who will remain actively involved in the company as chairman and CEO.

Lighting Science Appoints New President

West Warwick, R.I. — Lighting Science®, an innovative LED lighting technology company, has appointed Khim Lee as president. With over 15 years of experience in LED lighting, management consulting and private equity operations, Lee is ideally equipped to drive the next phase of growth at Lighting Science.

Rexall Drugstore Appoints New President

Mississauga, Ontario — Domenic Pilla, CEO of McKesson Canada, has announced the appointment of Beth Newlands Campbell as president of Rexall Drugstore, effective August 8, 2017. She joins the company from Sobeys Inc.

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.

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.

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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