April 30, 2015

This year’s Chain Store Age “10 Under 40” youthful overachievers — selected by nationwide search and nominations by colleagues — are intense, collaborative team-builders. Each talks about seeing, understanding and responding to the big picture — the whole forest. No one shies away from problems. They seek out big, creative challenges and work tirelessly until solutions emerge.This year’s group supports the broader industry, too. They are International Council of Shopping Center members, nationally and localy.

April 23, 2015

Sears Holdings Corp. has tapped former Rouse Properties COO Benjamin Schall to lead new Sears REIT Seritage Growth Properties.

April 15, 2015

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. has named Chris Hurt as COO. Hurt has more than 20 years of retail experience in senior leadership roles and most recently held the position of senior VP of North America at American Eagle Outfitters Inc.

April 15, 2015

Long John Silver's has named Brian Unger as COO. He joins the organization with more than 30 years of experience in the food service industry.

March 17, 2015

Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. (ARG) is promoting John Bowie, senior VP of operations, to COO, reporting to Paul Brown, CEO.

March 6, 2015

Do more with less. That’s an overall trend in retail facilities services, where retailers have less resources to run their properties even as they come under pressure to increase service levels while also reducing costs.

March 5, 2015

Grocery distributor and retailer SpartanNash has promoted Dave Staples, current executive VP and CFO, to COO.

February 6, 2015

Delivery Agent, whose technology allows television viewers to engage with and buy directly from advertisements and television shows via web, mobile, and advanced television applications, has tapped board member James Peters as president and COO.

February 5, 2015

It’s a changing of the guard at Kirkland's. Following its successful holiday performance, the home goods company announced that current president and COO Mike Madden will step into the CEO role, effective Feb. 8.

February 5, 2015

Sally Beauty Holdings announced that president and COO Chris Brickman succeeded Gary Winterhalter as CEO effective on Feb. 1.

February 2, 2015

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. has named CFO Andre J. Hawaux as executive VP, COO/CFO.

January 21, 2015

Deckers Brands has appointed David E. Lafitte to COO, effective Feb. 2.

January 16, 2015

AutoNation Inc. has named Mike Jackson, chairman and CEO, to the additional role of president, effective Feb. 4, and signed a five-year employment contract extension through 2019.

January 13, 2015

Discount general merchandise chain Fred’s has named Michael K. Bloom as its president and COO, effective immediately.

January 9, 2015

In a surprising move, the second in command at Starbucks Corp., COO Troy Alstead, 51, is taking an extended, unpaid leave of absence from the company starting March 1.

December 11, 2014

Olshan Properties announced that Matthew B. Winn will join the firm effective January 2015 as COO. 

December 10, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores has promoted Judith McKenna to COO for Walmart U.S., effective immediately.

December 5, 2014

Specialty retailer Five Below named current COO and industry veteran Joel Anderson as president and CEO, effective Feb.1., 2015.  Anderson has also been elected a member of the company's board of directors.  Current CEO and co-founder, Tom Vellios, who will work with Anderson to ensure a smooth transition, will remain active in the company as executive chairman. 

November 14, 2014

West Coast sandwich operator Togo's Eateries, Inc. has named Jim Peros as its new COO, charged with overseeing all operations and the expansion of the brand's restaurants throughout the West. 

November 4, 2014

Foot Locker Inc. announced that, as part of a planned succession process, Ken Hicks, 61, intends to retire as president and CEO of the company on Dec. 1, 2014.

October 28, 2014

 An increase in selling, general & administrative (SG&A) expenses helped reduce net income at Tile Shop Holdings Inc. to $1.5 million, down 63% from $4.05 million in the same quarter the prior fiscal year.

October 24, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has named Murali Lanka as COO of its Indian operation effective Dec. 1.

October 14, 2014

In a surprise announcement, Signet Jewelers Ltd., the largest jewelry retailer in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, said that its president and COO, Mark Light,  will take over as CEO on Nov. 1.

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.