GPS Hospitality Names Senior Vice President of Operations

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has promoted Mike Kovac to senior vice president of operations. Previously, he was vice president of operations, where he achieved consecutive yearly sales increases.

Benjamin Moore & Co. Promotes Company Veteran to Chairman & CEO

Montvale, N.J. — Dan Calkins, president and chief operating officer of Benjamin Moore & Co., has been named chairman and chief executive officer. Calkins now reports to Greg Abel, vice chairman of parent company Berkshire Hathaway, and succeeds Mike Searles, who retired after 5 years at the helm.

Red Robin Appoints Executive Vice President and CFO

Greenwood Village, Colo. — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. has appointed Lynn Schweinfurth as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 28, 2019. Guy Constant, Red Robin’s current executive vice president and chief financial officer, will move to lead company and franchise operations, development and facilities as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Biscuitville Names New Director of Finance

Greensboro, N.C. — Biscuitville Fresh Southern® has named Ryan Hilton director of finance. He will play a critical role in developing Biscuitville’s annual financial and long term strategic planning procedures. Prior to joining Biscuitville, Hilton served as senior finance manager in the real estate department at Advance Auto Parts.

NIKE, Inc. Names New President & CEO of Converse, Inc.

Boston — Effective Jan. 22, 2019, G. Scott Uzzell will become president & CEO of Converse, Inc., according to parent company NIKE, Inc. Uzzell comes to Converse from The Coca-Cola Company where he most recently served as president, venturing & emerging brands group (VEB).

Diversey Appoints New CEO

Charlotte, N.C. — Diversey, a customer-centric, global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry, today announced the appointment of Mark S. Burgess as its new chief executive officer, effective December 17, 2018.

Yum! Brands Appoints Non-Executive Chairman

Louisville, Ky. — Brian C. Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation, has been appointed by the Yum! Brands board to serve as non-executive chairman of the board. Cornell has served on the Yum! Brands board since 2015. He will succeed Robert D. Walter, who is retiring from his role as Yum! Brands non-executive chairman.

Levin Management Names Vice President of Leasing

North Plainfield, N.J. — Levin Management Corporation (LMC) has appointed Stephanie Harris as vice president of leasing, according to Matthew K. Harding, president. This key addition augments LMC’s executive leadership team during a period of strong growth and transactional volume for the commercial real estate services firm.

Marcus Theatres Hires Former Smashburger President as EVP and COO

Milwaukee, Wis. — Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation, has hired Greg Creighton to the newly-created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer of Smashburger Master LLC, parent company of the fast-casual restaurant chain, Smashburger.

Lowe's Appoints Chief Information Officer

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe's Companies, Inc. has appointed Seemantini Godbole as chief information officer, effective November 12. Godbole currently serves as senior vice president, digital and marketing technology, at Target Corporation.

Dairy Queen Names New Franchise Development Director

Minneapolis — American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ) has added Julie Davis to the corporate team as the brand's new franchise development director. For nearly 20 years, Davis has held franchise development leadership positions with various brands in the QSR space including Schlotzsky's, Popeyes, Dunkin' Brands and El Pollo Loco.

GPS Hospitality Names 4 New Partners

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one of the country’s fastest growing franchisees of BURGER KING® and Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, has named its newest class of Partner Program inductees:

Diversey CEO to Resign

Charlotte, N.C. — Diversey, a customer-centric global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry, plans a transition of executive responsibilities. Dr. Ilham Kadri will resign from her position as Diversey’s chief executive officer, effective December 31, 2018, to take another executive role, which will be separately announced. In the interim, Dr. Kadri will concentrate on strategic areas needed to ensure a smooth transition.

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