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When it comes to business, it's all about people, and networking is the name of the game. Read up-to-the-minute announcements about franchise movers and shakers as they accept promotions, make strategic moves, and build franchise operations teams and alliances with the best people in franchising. If franchise executives and officers are on the move get all the details here—and perhaps find a new opportunity for yourself.

Hooters Appoints New CMO, CHRO And SVP Of Franchise Operations »

April 24, 2015 at 8:48AM PDT | Source: Hooters

New Executives Bolster Hooters Leadership Team and Growth Strategy with Depth of Restaurant and Retail Expertise
April 24, 2015 // // ATLANTA, GA – Hooters has welcomed three new executives to “the nest,” most recently naming Carl Sweat as chief marketing officer (CMO) to strategically lead the iconic wing destination’s marketing, public relations and brand management initiatives. Hooters also appointed Terri Hoskins as chief human resources officer (CHRO) to lead organizational development, employee relations and recruitment efforts. Additionally, Pete Servold joined the leadership team to support Hooters robust global expansion initiatives as senior vice president of franchise operations.
Sweat brings a wealth of global industry knowledge to his role as Hooters CMO...

Dunkin' Brands Announces 2016 Retirement Of John Costello, President, Global Marketing And Innovation »

April 23, 2015 at 4:03AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Brands

Responsibilities To Be Assumed By Current Members Of Marketing Leadership Team
CANTON, Mass. - April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that John Costello, President, Global Marketing and Innovation, 67, has decided to retire in the middle part of 2016. Mr. Costello will remain President, Global Marketing and Innovation, until he retires next year and will continue to report to Nigel Travis, Dunkin' Brands Chairman and CEO. As of May 1, 2015, he will transition to a new, more strategic role focused largely on the evolution of the Company's brands with a special emphasis on Dunkin' Brands' international businesses. The Company will not be replacing Mr. Costello, and will instead promote two members of the senior marketing leadership team to assume his current responsibilities...

Sears Hometown And Outlet Stores, Inc. Announces CEO To Step Down »

April 22, 2015 at 7:22AM PDT | Source: Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

April 22, 2015 // // HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SHOS) today announced that, by mutual agreement with the Company’s Board of Directors, W. Bruce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer and President, will leave the Company on August 1, 2015, the end of the Company’s second fiscal quarter. In that connection Mr. Johnson, a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, will not stand for re-election to the Board of Directors at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on May 27, 2015. He will continue to serve on the Board of Directors until that time.
The Company also announced that the Board of Directors has commenced a search for a new Chief Executive Officer and has retained Heidrick & Struggles, a leading global executive search firm, to assist the Board in identifying and evaluating external and internal candidates...

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Announces Director Retirement »

April 22, 2015 at 5:49AM PDT | Source: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

ATLANTA - April 21, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLKI) today announced that R. William Ide, III, a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 2001, has reached the Company’s mandatory retirement age for Board members and will be retiring from the Board following the expiration of his current term. Mr. Ide will not stand for re-election at the annual shareholders meeting in 2015.
“We all want to personally extend our heartfelt gratitude to Bill for his 14 years of distinguished service as a valued member of our Board of Directors,” said John M. Cranor, III, Chairman of the Board of the Directors. “His leadership and guidance in effective corporate governance, and his unwavering commitment to Popeyes has helped transform the brand...

Jean Moore Joins EXIT Realty In Baton Rouge »

April 22, 2015 at 5:29AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Grassroots Newswire) April 20th, 2015 - EXIT Realty Group in Baton Rouge today announced the addition of Jean Moore to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Jean Moore to EXIT Realty," says Blake Fowler, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Group. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Jean Moore each and every day."
Jean has been in the real estate business for 13 years and brings great experience and energy to our team.
About EXIT Realty 
EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies single-level residual income - for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents’ families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals...

Mike Matt Joins EXIT Realty In Germantown »

April 21, 2015 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Germantown, WI (Grassroots Newswire) April 16, 2015 - EXIT Realty XL in Germantown today announced the addition of Mike Matt to its team of real estate professionals.
"We’re excited to welcome Mike to EXIT Realty," says Jerry Grosenick, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty XL. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Mike each and every day."
Mike has 30 years of customer service experience. He has managed up to 30 employees and 1200 customers everyday. Because of his experience he is exceptionally good at multi tasking and getting desired results. Mike takes pride in his work and building relationships with people.
Mike believes hard work and communication is the key to success. "Do a job big or small, do it RIGHT or not at all" says Mike Matt...

Hyatt Appoints Interim Chief Financial Officer »

April 21, 2015 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

April 21, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), today announced the selection of Atish Shah as Senior Vice President, Interim Chief Financial Officer, pending the company’s selection of a permanent Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shah currently serves as Senior Vice President – Strategy, Financial Planning & Analysis and Investor Relations.
Prior to joining Hyatt in 2009, Mr. Shah served as a portfolio manager of a hospitality real estate private equity fund at Lowe Enterprises. Prior to that, he worked for Hilton Hotels Corporation in a variety of finance roles, including feasibility, planning, investment analysis, and investor relations...

Margaritas Management Group Names Two New Key Executives »

April 21, 2015 at 3:51AM PDT | Source: Margaritas

Brisbane Vaillancourt promoted to VP of Operations; Kelly Parkinson appointed to VP of Purchasing
April 21, 2015 // // Portsmouth, N.H. - Margaritas Management Group, the operator of Tio Juan’s Margaritas Mexican Restaurants and Tacomano Mexican Street Food, has named two executives to key leadership positions.
The Portsmouth, N.H. based company announced that Brisbane Vaillancourt has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. After joining the company in 2003 as a host, Vaillancourt demonstrated strong leadership qualities that allowed her to move up into other positions within the operations team, most recently serving as the Director of Training. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the operations team as the company enters a new phase of expansion...

Wyndham Hotel Group Boosts Global Sales Organization With New Appointments »

April 20, 2015 at 12:04PM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

April 20, 2015 // // PARSIPPANY, N.J. - To help further its sales strategy in the Americas, Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company and part of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), today announced the addition of two proven hospitality sales leaders to its global sales organization: Carol Bullock, vice president, global sales, North America and Latin America, and Dawn Parisi, vice president, field sales.
Wyndham Hotel Group Boosts Global Sales Organization with New AppointmentsBullock will lead global sales for all of the company’s brands and all major market segments throughout North and Latin America while also overseeing diverse teams covering both regions. In this role, she will focus on developing and executing global sales strategies that emphasize enhanced property performance, meaningful and long-lasting client relationships and the identification of new revenue-generating opportunities...

Grace Bergeron Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group »

April 20, 2015 at 5:19AM PDT | Source: RE/MAX

Top-Producing Agent Grace Bergeron Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group in Sarasota, Florida
Siesta Key, FL, April 20, 2015 - ( - Top-producing agent Grace Bergeron has joined the Siesta Key office of RE/MAX Alliance Group. She has more than 14 years of real estate experience, most recently with Coldwell Banker on Siesta Key.
Focusing on high-end homes, Bergeron was recognized as one of the top 7 percent of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide in 2004. She is a Short Sales and Real Estate Owned Specialist and Certified Negotiation Specialist. She has been named a Five Star Real Estate Agent, awarded for overall customer satisfaction based on an independent survey of recent homebuyers.
A native of the Philippines, Bergeron grew up in the San Francisco area...

Russo’s Restaurants Names Seasoned Franchise And Corporate Expert Steve Hubbard As Director Of Operations »

April 17, 2015 at 8:43AM PDT | Source: Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
Russo's New York Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Opportunities Available

April 17, 2015 // // HOUSTON – Russo’s Restaurants, which includes Russo’s New York Pizzeria as well as Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced today the appointment of Steve Hubbard as its new director of operations.
In his new role as director of operations, Hubbard will focus his efforts toward planning operational excellence within Russo’s. He will manage and increase the efficiency of processes within the company and will enhance the communication between the brand’s corporate and franchise sectors. He has a significant role in making decisions within Russo’s financial management, organizational effectiveness, organizational leadership and risk management.
“We were striving to find someone for this role with a strong operational background complemented with a lifelong passion for cooking,” said Chef Anthony Russo, owner and CEO of Russo’s Restaurants...

Frank Provencal Joins EXIT Realty In Wells »

April 17, 2015 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Wells, Maine (Grassroots Newswire) April 14, 2015 - EXIT Oceanside Realty in Wells today announced the addition of Frank Provencal to its team of real estate professionals.
"We're excited to welcome Frank to EXIT Realty," says Rick Coyne, Broker/Owner of EXIT Oceanside Realty. "EXIT is growing and attracting quality business people like Frank each and every day."
Frank is a former assistant classification officer for the Maine Department of Corrections. A former owner of a stove shop, Frank is excited to begin his real estate career with EXIT.
"I'm excited to be an agent with EXIT Oceaniside Realty and the entire EXIT family. As a new agent, I will strive to give my clients the finest personal service possible," says Frank...

Denis F. Kelly To Join Weight Watchers Board Of Directors »

April 17, 2015 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: Weight Watchers International

NEW YORK - April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced that Denis F. Kelly will stand for election to the Board of Directors at the Company's 2015 annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 7, 2015. Mr. Kelly will also serve as chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company's Board of Directors. Marsha Johnson Evans, who has served as a director of the Company since February 2002, has informed the Board of Directors that she will not stand for re-election at the 2015 annual meeting of shareholders.
"It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve on Weight Watchers Board of Directors for the past thirteen years. Weight Watchers is an excellent company with an admirable mission and an esteemed brand...

Two More Superstars Join The Halal Guys »

April 17, 2015 at 3:57AM PDT | Source: The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys Hires Former Le Pain Quotidien and Boston Market Operations and Training Professionals
April 17, 2015 // // New York, NY - Following this week’s announcement that The Halal Guys hired former Qdoba VP of HR and Training, Mike Speck, as COO, comes the hiring of two strong operations and training professionals to the team. Mame Fall and Juan Bustamante, who have a combined total of almost 30 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, will work directly under Mr. Speck. Mr. Fall has worked with Le Pain Quotidien, where he served in various multi-unit management and kitchen trainer roles, and opened over 30 restaurants from NYC to D.C. Mr. Bustamante has worked with Boston Market since 1996, where he developed over 100 managers and was in charge of up to 30 restaurant locations as area manager...

Persona Co-Founder Glenn Cybulski Takes Over As CEO »

April 15, 2015 at 11:06AM PDT | Source: Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria

April 15, 2015 // // SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria has named Glenn Cybulski as chief executive, giving the World Pizza Campion and company co-founder a bigger role in leading the brand in its next stage of development.
Cybulski will lead the execution of the brand’s long-term growth strategy while overseeing day-to-day operations for the emerging brand, which currently has one restaurant open and operating in Santa Barbara, California, and nearly 30 more in various stages of development across the country.
“Over the past couple of years, Glenn has consistently shown why he is widely regarded as one of the most talented, innovative and entrepreneurial pizzaiolos in the business today and will be a key player in the future growth of our brand,” said Joseph Baumel, who co-founded Persona with Cybulski in 2013...

Long John Silver's Announces Brian L. Unger As New Chief Operating Officer »

April 15, 2015 at 4:11AM PDT | Source: Long John Silver's

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Long John Silver's®, the nation's largest quick-service seafood chain, has named Brian Unger as chief operating officer. He joins the organization with more than 30 years of experience in the food service industry.
Unger's restaurant operations experience began hands on as a manager trainee at McDonald's where his talent was recognized and rewarded with promotions and international leadership positions in the Caribbean and Latin America. He achieved the positions of senior vice president of McDonald's USA and Vice President of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada.
After more than 25 years with McDonald's, Unger joined the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. as chief operating officer, where he worked alongside James O'Reilly, who was recently appointed as Long John Silver's chief executive officer...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Names Chris Hurt Chief Operations Officer »

April 15, 2015 at 3:56AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 14, 2015 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), an interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, today announced the appointment of Chris Hurt to the position of chief operations officer effective April 15, 2015.
Hurt will lead the Build-A-Bear Workshop retail and operations teams to drive sales and profits, while promoting ongoing growth for the business. He will oversee all business operations, including the corporate strategy and structure for stores.
Hurt will work closely with the marketing, merchandising and store teams to ensure continued customer satisfaction and engagement levels across Build-A-Bear Workshop. He will report to Sharon Price John, chief executive officer...

The Halal Guys Hires Mike Speck As COO »

April 14, 2015 at 7:28AM PDT | Source: The Halal Guys

Former Qdoba VP of HR/Training To Join Rapidly Growing American Halal Concept
April 14, 2015 // // New York, NY - The Halal Guys, the world famous NYC-based American Halal street food concept with over 200 new corporate and franchise restaurants in development, has hired Mike Speck as the company’s new COO. Mr. Speck is a 25 year restaurant operations and training veteran, whose most recent role as VP of HR and Training for Qdoba Mexican Grill involved growing the company from 100 to 600 restaurants, employing 7,000 employees and producing over $600 million in system wide annual sales. Speck also has HR and Operations experience with brands like Cici’s Pizza, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Boston Market and Einstein Bagels, and has served as a past chairman for the National Restaurant Association HR Executive Group...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Supports Rapid Growth In Latin America With Two Strategic Appointments »

April 13, 2015 at 6:17AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Jean-Marc Janod Named Vice-President of Operations for Mexico, Central America & Caribbean; Ricardo Calo Appointed to Newly Created Role of Vice-President of Operations for South America
STAMFORD, Conn. - April 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced two strategic appointments to support the company’s rapidly expanding footprint in Latin America, where the company currently operates 96 hotels in 19 countries, with another 18 properties in the development pipeline. Jean-Marc Janod has been named Vice-President of Operations for Mexico, Central America & Caribbean and Ricardo Calo has been appointed Vice-President of Operations for South America, a new position created to support this important region for the company...

EXIT Realty Premier Welcomes Director Of Growth & Business Development, Patrice Alexander »

April 13, 2015 at 5:05AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Massapequa Park, NY (Grassroots Newswire) April 7, 2015 - We are pleased to announce the newest edition to the EXIT Realty Premier team, Patrice Alexander. Ms. Alexander has over 25 years of Real-Estate, brand building, and management experience. As Director, Ms. Alexander will develop and lead programs that focus on the heart of our business: our Agents, staff and community.
Please join us in welcoming Patrice Alexander. If you have any questions or would simply like to welcome Ms. Alexander, she may be reached by email - or at the office 516-795-1000.
About EXIT Realty
EXIT Realty International is a worldwide corporation and EXIT Premier Realty is a top leader in New York Real-Estate. EXIT Realty Premier currently boasts over 100 Agents that are dedicated to ensuring that you receive the very best guidance when purchasing or selling a property...

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