Papa John’s Appoints SVP and Chief of Restaurant Operations

Louisville, Ky. — Papa John’s International, Inc. has appointed restaurant industry veteran Jim Norberg as its chief restaurant operations officer. He will oversee the operations of Papa John’s corporate and franchise restaurants in North America. Norberg, a QSR industry veteran,

Williams-Sonoma President to Resign; Successor is Named

San Francisco — Janet Hayes, president of the Williams Sonoma brand, is resigning from the company after 12 years of service on August 1, 2019. She will be succeeded by Ryan Ross, executive vice president of Emerging Brands with the

Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group Names VP of Finance

New Albany, Miss. — Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG) has named John Richardson as vice president of finance for the Refrigerated Solutions Group, effective June 24, 2019, reporting directly to Kevin Fink, president of RSG. In his new role, Richardson

Blink Fitness Appoints President of Franchising

New York City — Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, value-based fitness concept, has appointed franchising industry veteran Thomas Flaherty as president of franchising, a newly created position. In this role, Flaherty will oversee the entire franchise business, including directing the brand’s

Destination Maternity CEO Steps Down

Moorestown, N.J. — Marla Ryan, by mutual agreement with Destination Maternity’s board of directors, stepped down as chief executive officer on June 13, 2019. Additionally, Destination Maternity has appointed Gene Davis to chairman of the board. Ryan will remain with

Biscuitville Names Vice President of Operations

Greensboro, N.C. — Craig Hanson has been named vice president of operations at Biscuitville Fresh Southern®. Hanson comes to Biscuitville with more than 15 years of experience with medium- and large-sized quick-service and fast-casual brands. His experience expands to brands

H.C. Duke & Son / Electro Freeze Names New VP of Sales

East Moline, Ill. — Greg Stak has been named vice president of sales at H.C. Duke & Son, LLC / Electro Freeze. He most recently held senior sales management positions for Vollrath Company at Stoelting Foodservice and in the Vollrath Foodservice

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. Names IHOP President as New CEO

Ankeny, Iowa — The board of directors of Casey’s General Stores, Inc. has appointed Darren Rebelez, president of IHOP®, as Casey’s next president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective June 24, 2019. Rebelez will also join Casey’s board of directors.

JCPenney Names New SVP, GMM Women’s Apparel

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has hired Victor Ejarque Lopez, a 25-year veteran of merchandising, product, supply chain and operations, as senior vice president, general merchandise manager for women’s apparel, reporting to Michelle Wlazlo, chief merchandising officer.

Nathan’s Famous Names Senior Vice President, Restaurants

Jericho, N.Y. — Nathan’s Famous has hired James Walker, CFE, as the company’s senior vice president, restaurants. He joins the company from Subway where he was vice president, North America, overseeing all franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. “We

JCPenney Names EVP, Chief Customer Officer

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has named Shawn Gensch as executive vice president, chief customer officer, effective June 3, reporting directly to CEO Jill Soltau. He joins the company from Sprouts Farmers Market. “I am delighted to

Branded Group Co-Founder Nominated as a Top Businesswoman in Orange County

Orange, Calif. — Branded Group’s co-founder and vice president of business development, Kiira (Esposito) Belonzi, has been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s 2019 Women in Business Award. The awards program, entering its 25th year, highlights exceptional female business

The Greene Turtle Names New President/CEO

Columbia, Md. – The board of directors of The Greene Turtle has named Geovannie “Geo” Concepcion, formerly COO of Minneapolis-based Famous Dave’s, as president/CEO. He plans to guide the 44-unit casual dining chain to the next stage in its growth

Levin Management Hires VP of Property Management

North Plainfield, N.J. — Levin Management Corporation (LMC), a North Plainfield, N.J.-based commercial real estate services firm, has added Erika Toscani as vice president of property management. She brings more than 20 years of property management and industry leadership experience

Restaurant Magic Promotes Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Tampa, Fla. — Restaurant Magic has promoted Michael Beck to vice president of sales & marketing. Prior to this promotion, Beck was Restaurant Magic’s director of sales. In his new role, Beck will work to grow, train and manage Restaurant

Bed Bath & Beyond Announces CEO Transition

Union, N.J. — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has announced that Mary Winston, a seasoned public company executive who recently joined the Bed Bath & Beyond board of directors, has been appointed interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. Steven Temares

ServiceMaster DSI Names Director of Strategic Marketing

Chicago — DSI Holdings Corporation, the largest owner and operator of ServiceMaster franchises in the United States, has hired Michael Ganda as its new director of strategic marketing. His primary responsibility will be overseeing DSI’s web site and digital presence.

Cuhaci & Peterson Promotes Senior Vice President of Engineering

Orlando, Fla. — Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Engineers and Planners has promoted Joe Keene to senior vice president of engineering. Formerly vice president of mechanical engineering, Keene will now oversee strategic direction and management of the firm’s engineering disciplines, including

Office Depot Appoints SVP and Chief Accounting Officer

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. has promoted Richard Haas to senior vice president and chief accounting officer, effective June 14, 2019. He will report to Office Depot’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, Joseph Lower. Haas has

Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association Becomes Connex

Denver — After almost 25 years, the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management, has rebranded and is now Connex. The rebranding announcement was made April 30, 2019 to a record-setting crowd by Bill

Modell’s Sporting Goods Hires New EVP & CFO

New York City — Modell’s Sporting Goods has hired David Stern to the role of executive vice president and chief financial officer. Stern will play an intricate role in strategic planning and growth opportunities for Modell’s while overseeing the finance

CKE Restaurants Promotes International Division President

Franklin, Tenn. — CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (CKE) parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s®, has promoted Mike Woida to president of its International division, and will report to CEO Ned Lyerly. In his new role, Woida will oversee all

The Home Depot Announces CFO Transition

Atlanta — The Home Depot has announced that Carol Tomé, chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate services, has decided to retire on August 31, 2019 after 24 years of service to the company. She will be succeeded

Federal Heath Names New President

Euless, Texas — Federal Heath, with a 118-year history of sign industry excellence, will implement a carefully planned transition in leadership this year as its longtime president and CEO, Kevin Stotmeister, plans to retire at the end of 2019. Stotmeister