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On The Border names IHOP franchise vet as president

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas – On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, has appointed Ward Whitworth as president of On The Border. The move follows the resignation of On The Border CEO Steve Clark, who has committed to stay on for a period of time in order to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.

Ward was most recently president of ACG, the nation’s largest IHOP franchisee, based in Texas. Previously, he spent a number of years with Yum Brands running several large markets. In addition, Ward was VP of franchise for Pizza Hut, with responsibility for 2,700 restaurants.

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Lowe’s expands Iris as competition in connected home space heats up

BY CSA STAFF

Lowe’s has launched new products for its Iris smart home solution. The move comes three weeks after Staples threw its hat into the connected home space with its own platform.

The home improvement company has added a smart garage door controller, electronic pet door, window blinds controller and hose faucet timer to make it easier to cut energy costs, reduce water usage and keep the home secure while consumers balance active summer schedules.

Iris, which made its debut in 2012, gives consumers a single user interface that lets them monitor, control and customize a wide range of devices in and around the home. The new products join the 50 existing devices, which include security cameras, smoke detectors and water leak detectors. Iris offers the ultimate smart home experience with brand name products consumers already know and trust, including General Electric, Kwikset, Schlage, Whirlpool, Orbit Irrigation Products and PetSafe. Iris’ open platform also supports dozens of other Zigbee and Z-Wave-enabled devices.

"Iris is a simple and affordable smart home solution that helps makes homes safer, more energy efficient and easier to manage. We offer the most extensive array of connected products on the market that can be easily customized to meet consumers’ needs," said Kevin Meagher, Lowe’s VP and GM, Smart Home. "These new products add more value to the smart home offering with new ways to improve home security and manage energy costs with DIY solutions to give our customers peace of mind year-round."

The four new Iris-compatible products — Z-Wave garage door opener remote command controller with tilt sensor, PetSafe electronic SmartDoor, Iris motorized window blinds controller and orbit hose faucet water timer — can be monitored and controlled anytime, anywhere from a computer, smartphone or tablet and are available in Lowe’s stores, nationwide.

Lowe’s touts itself as the first company to target the mass consumer market with a broad home automation solution and the first to introduce a truly open platform that allows devices across its stores to connect with one another.

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Interbrand elevates Feldmeth, Carpenter out as CEO

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Leading brand consultancy Interbrand named Josh Feldmeth CEO to succeed Lee Carpenter who is leaving the firm after 12 years.

In his role as CEO of Interbrand North America, Feldmeth will be based in New York and oversee the company’s New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Dayton, Cincinnati and BrandWizard offices. Feldmeth previously served as CEO of Interbrand’s New York, San Francisco and Toronto offices. He will report to Interbrand’s global CEO Jez Frampton.

“Those who have benefitted from working with Josh will not be surprised by the news of his promotion. Josh’s genuine passion for brands, his supreme intellect and his dynamic leadership style will be welcomed by Interbrand employees and clients alike,” Frampton said. “While he has big shoes to fill with Lee’s departure, I am certain Josh will thrive in his new position. His collaborative style is perfectly suited to our OneFirm approach, an approach that ensures we always bring the best skills together for the benefit of our clients.”

Feldmeth joined Interbrand in 2002 as a vp of strategy in the company’s Dayton office and transferred to the company’s Zurich office in 2007 to drive the growth of Interbrand’s analytics capabilities across Europe. In September 2009, Feldmeth became managing director of Interbrand Amsterdam and a year later he returned to the US to become CEO of Interbrand’s New York office.

“Interbrand has been my professional home for over a decade, and for good reason. I believe in our service offerings, our commitment to clients and, above all else, our people,” said Feldmeth. “This is an exciting time for our business. It’s a moment of transition when, more than ever before, we have the opportunity to help clients drive meaningful innovation and create world-changing experiences.”

Prior to joining Interbrand, Feldmeth was a principle consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the strategy practice.

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