Irvine , Calif. Diedrich Coffee, Inc. announced that Stephen V. Coffey has tendered his resignation from his position as CEO. J. Russell Phillips has been appointed by the board of directors to assume the CEO position.
Phillips has served on the company's board of directors since April 2007, and will remain as a member of the board. Since 2004, Phillips has served as managing principal of Transom Partners, an executive consultancy group that facilitates and develops new strategies with CEOs and executive teams. Diedrich Coffee has 136 retail outlets, the majority of which are franchised, located in 30 states.