Back Yard Burgers Taps Operations Veteran as New CEO

Nashville, Tenn. — Back Yard Burgers has hired Scott Shotter as its new chief executive officer. Axum Capital Partners, Back Yard Burgers' private equity firm, selected Shotter for his proven track record in operations and success in guest loyalty and team building strategies.

PIRCH Names New President and CEO

Costa Mesa, Calif. — PIRCH, the innovative home retailer that showcases the world's most admired kitchen, bath and outdoor appliances, has appointed Steve Smith as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Fransmart Welcomes Chief Operating Officer

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.

Peet's Coffee Appoints New CEO

Emeryville, Calif. — Peet's Coffee® has appointed Kenneth C. (Casey) Keller, Jr. as chief executive officer, effective August 6, 2018. He will succeed Dave Burwick, who had served as CEO since 2012.

B.GOOD Names New CMO

Boston — B.GOOD, an industry pioneer in providing great tasting, locally sourced burgers, bowls, salads and smoothies, has named Brent Feldman as the company’s new chief marketing officer. Previously, Feldman spent the majority of his career as an advertising agency executive, with a focus on the food and beverage industry.

Dunkin' Brands Names New CEO

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), has appointed David Hoffmann as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. He will also serve on the company's board of directors and remain president of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. The members of the Dunkin' Brands leadership team will now report to Hoffmann, who is succeeding Nigel Travis. Travis is retiring from the role he has held since January 2009.

Edible Arrangements Names New CEO

Atlanta — Edible Arrangements®, the world’s largest franchisor of shops offering creatively designed fresh cut fruit arrangements and all-natural, fresh fruit snacks and dipped treats, has named QSR industry veteran Mike Rotondo its chief executive officer. Previously, he was CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

IA Interior Architects Expands Global Retail Practice

Seattle — IA Interior Architects is growing its retail practice group with the addition of a new team that will be based in Seattle. This group will be led by three retail experts: Mike Riggs, managing director/retail; Ron Singler, design director/retail; and Alex Shapleigh, design director/retail. The new team will work in conjunction with the company’s New York Retail practice group.

National Roofing Partners Hires Vice President

Coppell, Texas — National Roofing Partners (NRP), the leading network of commercial roofing contractors in North America, has hired Tony Rader as vice president. Rader will be directing a new NRP team focused on telecommunications rooftop services that will be serviced by the tier-one network of the NRP roofing contractor network.

SMS Assist Hires New Chief Marketing Officer

Chicago — SMS Assist has hired Jodi Navta as its new chief marketing officer. She will be responsible for leading SMS Assist’s marketing and communications efforts in support of the company’s rapid growth. Most recently, Navta was global chief marketing officer of Coyote Logistics, a Chicago-based third-party logistics service provider that grew its annual revenue during her tenure from approximately $300 million to over $2 billion.

Master-Bilt Appoints Director of National Accounts

New Albany, Miss. — Master-Bilt®, manufacturer and supplier of a full line of commercial refrigeration, has promoted Bret Eldridge to director of national accounts, effective June 11, 2018. Eldridge is the current regional sales manager for the Midwest and northeastern part of the United States as well as eastern Canada.

Eddie Bauer Names New President

Seattle — Eddie Bauer has named Damien Huang as its new president. An 8-year veteran of the company, Huang most recently was Eddie Bauer's senior vice president of merchandising & design. In his new role, he will report to Mike Egeck, chief executive officer of PSEB, a new operating company composed of Eddie Bauer and PacSun.

The Heritage Group Names New Senior Director

San Diego — The Heritage Group welcomes Scott Kirkpatrick as a senior director of the San Francisco division. Kirkpatrick is a Certified Property and Real Property Administrator with over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate in the areas of property management, asset management, leasing, construction management and property repositioning. His property management experience includes overseeing a variety of office, industrial and retail properties throughout Northern California.

Petco Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

San Diego — Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. has named Ron Coughlin as its new chief executive officer, effective June 18, 2018. Coughlin joins the company from HP Inc., where he served for 11 years, most recently as president of personal systems.

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.

Planet Fitness Appoints Chief Development Officer

Hampton, N.H. — On June 12, 2018, Planet Fitness, Inc. appointed Ray Miolla as chief development officer. He will be responsible for driving strategic initiatives to fuel Planet Fitness' overall system-wide growth, overseeing market analysis, planning and development, real estate, construction and design, and franchise sales.

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