September 26, 2014

Strategist, adviser, communicator, futurist: Retail chief financial officers have seen their role broaden so much in recent years that, in some cases, they have become virtual partners with the CEO. Once responsible primarily for financial stewardship, the CFO is embracing a growing number of additional roles encompassing strategic planning, technology and perhaps even a bit of crystal ball gazing. Some are even taking on COO functions.

One thing is certain: CFOs are not just number crunchers any more.

September 24, 2014

Starbucks Corp. will acquire the remaining shares of its Japanese joint venture, Starbucks Coffee Japan, for $913 million to accelerate growth across multiple channels in the country, including the introduction of new concepts such as Teavana.

August 21, 2014

Outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI has promoted Eric Artz, CFO, the additional role COO), and Susan Viscon, VP merchandising, to senior VP merchandising.

July 25, 2014

A variety of costs drove net earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 at Aaron’s Inc. down 67% to $8.5 million from $25.9 million in the same period a year earlier.

July 21, 2014

Loblaw Companies Ltd., owner of the Joe Fresh brand, has promoted Mario Grauso to president of Joe Fresh.

July 8, 2014

Tedeschi Food Shops is promoting Greg Donoghue to COO. Donoghue succeeds Robert Tedeschi Jr., who retired in June after nearly 39 years of service.

July 1, 2014

Chain Store Age recently spoke with Alison Paul, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and retail and distribution leader, about the expanding role of the CFO in retail organizations:

June 24, 2014

Following the dismissal of former president and CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, the board of directors of Demoulas Super Markets Inc. has elected retail executives Felicia Thornton as COO and Jim Gooch as chief administrative officer, and the two will serve as co-CEOs.

June 9, 2014

Ankeny, Iowa — Casey’s General Stores reported that the board of directors elected Terry W. Handley to serve as president of the Company, effective immediately. He will continue to serve in his present role of COO.

May 16, 2014

Papa John’s International Inc. has promoted senior VP of global operations Steve Ritchie to the position of COO.

May 1, 2014

Sally Beauty Holdings reported declining net earnings in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to the second quarter of the previous fiscal year.

April 30, 2014

Hhgregg Inc. has hired Troy H. Risch as COO.

April 22, 2014

DGSE Companies Inc. has named James D. “Dusty” Clem to the positions of chairman, president and CEO, effective immediately.

April 14, 2014

Dollarama Inc. has named Johanne Choinière as COO, effective May 12.

March 31, 2014

Bicycle retailer BikeStreet announced the appointment of former Hhgregg executive VP & COO Gregg Throgmartin as CEO.

March 21, 2014

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) announced that company COO Paul Hertz has been appointed president and CEO, effective immediately.

February 26, 2014

Bed Bath & Beyond has appointed Eugene A. Castagna, previously CFO and treasurer, to the role of COO. Susan E. Lattmann, formerly VP of finance, will fill the CFO and treasurer spot.

February 18, 2014

J.C. Penney Company has named Ed Record as CFO, effective March 24. He will also serve as executive VP.

February 11, 2014

Gregg W. Throggmartin, COO of Hhgregg Inc., has resigned as the executive VP and COO of the company and as a member of the board, effective March 31, 2014.

February 5, 2014

The Ector County Hospital District board of directors approved an outpatient pharmacy agreement with H-E-B that will bring a full-service pharmacy to Medical Center Hospital’s campus sometime this year, according to a report published by Odessa American.

January 31, 2014

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has promoted Jonathan E. Ramsden, currently the company's executive VP and CFO, to the position of COO, a new role at the company.

January 27, 2014

Francesca's Holdings Corp. announced that in connection with a management restructuring, Theresa Backes, president and COO of Francesca's, will be leaving the company effective Jan. 27.

January 20, 2014

In its PizzaRev case study series, CSA Online offers an insider’s look at the conception, initial rollout and growth of the southern Calif.-based fast-casual concept PizzaRev.

January 14, 2014

PetSmart Inc. announced changes to its management team in conjunction with the retirement of its president and COO, Joseph O’Leary.