Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has promoted David Gibbs to president and chief operating officer, reporting to CEO Greg Creed. Gibbs, a 29-year veteran of the company, has served as president and chief financial officer for the last 2 years.
Denver — Sage Restaurant Group, a Denver-based independent restaurant group, has promoted its senior vice president of operations, Brent Berkowitz, to chief operating officer.
Houston — Charming Charlie has made several changes at the executive level — including COO — designed to position the company for long term growth and success.
Fort Worth, Texas — Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, the Baja-style taco joint founded near the TCU college campus in 2001, has named industry veteran David Catalano as chief operating officer. Most recently, he was COO at Logan’s Roadhouse.
Nashville, Tenn. — Kirkland’s, Inc. is strengthening its senior management team with the addition of Steve “Woody” Woodward as chief executive officer. Woodward, who is currently president and chief merchant of Crate and Barrel, will join the Kirkland’s team on October 22, 2018. The company’s acting CEO, Mike Cairnes, will be promoted from his previous position of executive vice president to president in addition to resuming his previous role as chief operating officer.
Baton Rouge, La. — Rotolo’s, the Baton Rouge, La.-based pizzeria, has hired Ryan Brach as chief operating officer. He is a former Rotolo’s franchisee.
Alexandria, Va. — Fransmart, a leading restaurant franchise development company, has hired veteran business leader Dustin Snyder as chief operating officer. In this newly created position, Snyder will optimize and maximize the company’s franchise marketing and sales productivity, further enhance process automation, and continue to build Fransmart’s team of professionals.
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.
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.
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.