Fresh Brothers Names Former CKE COO as its New CEO

Los Angeles — Los Angeles-based Fresh Brothers has named former CKE Restaurants, Inc. executive Ron Coolbaugh as its new CEO. With extensive experience in global growth, Coolbaugh will oversee Fresh Brothers as it continues to expand with plans to move

Edible Welcomes New Vice President of Franchise Sales

Atlanta — Edible® reinforces its executive leadership team, as it continues its global growth by focusing on franchise sales and territory expansion with the addition of Ramzi Daklouche as vice president of franchise sales. Previously serving as chief growth officer

Zaxby’s Names New Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer

Athens, Ga. — Zaxby’s, a premium quick-service restaurant brand founded in Athens, Ga., has named Patrick Schwing as chief marketing & strategy officer. He joins Zaxby’s from Inspire Brands, where he has served as Arby’s chief marketing officer and president

Famous Toastery Hires New VP of Franchise Development

Charlotte, N.C. — Eric Gustafsson has been named the new vice president of franchise development for Famous Toastery. He will play an instrumental role in supporting incoming franchise owners as the brand moves closer to achieving its goal of reaching

Starbucks Board of Directors Affirms CEO Transition Details

Seattle — Starbucks Corporation’s board of directors has provided an update to affirm the search details for the company’s next chief executive officer. The board has agreed with founder Howard Schultz that he will remain as interim CEO through the

BRIX Holdings, LLC Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Dallas — BRIX Holdings, LLC, a Dallas-based multi-brand restaurant management and franchising company, has appointed Pamela Hunt as its chief financial officer. Hunt has more than 20 years of experience as a financial and operational leader for global organizations. In

West Marine Names New Chief Commercial Officer

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — West Marine, Inc. has appointed Stacey Renfro as chief commercial officer. She joins the company’s senior leadership team and reports to CEO Eric Kufel. She is a seasoned retail veteran whose resumé includes leadership positions at

REI Co-op Expands Leadership Team

Seattle — REI Co-op has made two additions to its senior leadership team. Sylvia Wilks joined REI on May 23 as the company’s first senior vice president, chief supply chain officer. Minnie Alexander will begin her role as vice president,

Clean Juice Names New COO

Charlotte, N.C. — Clean Juice®, the first and only national USDA-certified organic juice bar franchise and quick-service restaurant, has hired Tripp Setliff to chief operating officer (COO). In the role, he will oversee all store operational initiatives including development, supply

GameStop Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Grapevine, Texas — GameStop Corp. has appointed Nir Patel to the role of chief operating officer, effective May 31, 2022. Most recently, he was chief executive officer at Belk, a privately-owned national retailer with more than 300 stores across 16

GPS Hospitality Promotes Team Member to COO of Popeyes and Pizza Hut

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING®, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen and Pizza Hut®, has promoted Mike Kovac to chief operating officer for Popeyes and Pizza Hut. “Mike has been an instrumental part of GPS Hospitality’s

Array Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Toronto — Array Marketing, the market leader in end-to-end in-store merchandising solutions, has appointed Alex Bertoldo as chief operating officer. He most recently held the position of vice president of operations for SPX Corporation, a $1 billion global supplier of

Crate & Barrel Holdings Promotes 3 Executives

Chicago — Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc. (CBH) has promoted three executives. Alicia Waters, who previously served as chief marketing officer, has been named executive vice president for Crate & Barrel and Crate & Kids. Sebastian Brauer, who previously served

Guthrie’s Names COO and Director of Operations

Auburn, Ala. — Guthrie’s, the chicken-finger only restaurant pioneer, has promoted Matthew Myers to chief operating officer while adding Mike Adams as the brand’s new director of operations. Myers has spent nearly a decade with Guthrie’s. Under his leadership, Guthrie’s

JCPenney Names Chief Marketing Officer

Lewisville, Texas — JCPenney has appointed John Aylward as chief marketing officer (CMO), effective June 6, 2022. Aylward will help advance the company’s omnichannel strategy to deliver a modern, seamless experience across stores and digital. He will lead the marketing

Redberry Restaurants Names Vice President of Operations

Toronto — Redberry Restaurants has appointed Scott Lewis as the vice president, operations – Redberry Burger King. Redberry’s unprecedented growth called for the creation of this new role to shepherd planning and operations for the 22 new Redberry-owned Burger King

Target Updates Leadership Team

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has made a number of updates to its leadership team, including the creation of a brand new role for Target: executive vice president and chief guest experience officer. “Guided by our purpose of helping all families

Old Navy President & CEO Departs

San Francisco — Old Navy’s president and CEO, Nancy Green, recently exited the business. While an external search is underway, Gap Inc. CEO Sonia Syngal will work closely with the Old Navy team to lead through this transition until a

Papa John’s Announces Executive Appointments and Retirement

Atlanta — Jack Swaysland, chief operating officer of the international division of Papa John’s International, Inc., intends to retire. Amanda Clark was promoted to chief international and development officer and will now oversee international strategy in addition to her global

Hudson’s Bay Names New Chief Financial Officer

Toronto — Hudson’s Bay, the Canadian store operations under HBC, has appointed Nadira Singh as chief financial officer, effective May 2, 2022. An accomplished, performance-driven executive, Singh brings more than 15 years of experience in finance, project planning and process

MedMen Taps Former Hudson’s Bay Executive as CEO; COO to Resign

Los Angeles — MedMen Enterprises Inc., a premier cannabis retailer with operations across the United States, has appointed Edward Record as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Record succeeds interim CEO Michael Serruya, who will continue to serve as chairman of