Here are just a few of the interesting executive changes making headlines over this past week:
Starbucks Rearranges Some Top Positions
At about the same time that worldwide coffee purveyor Starbucks was announcing a loosening of its dress code for baristas, the company also gave notice of new assignments coming in September for a few of its top employees. Cliff Burrows, currently the head of business in the US and the Americas, will take charge of a recently debuted concept called Siren Retail, which incorporates other relatively new businesses such as The Roastery shops, Reserve stores, and Teavana tearooms. The other principal reassignment is of John Culver, presently leading operations in China and Asia/Pacific, who will become the president of all corporate global retail.
Noodles & Company Loses Head Exec Abruptly
Pasta restaurateur Noodles & Co. announced that chairman and CEO Kevin Reddy was resigning on short notice from both positions. He had been the chief exec for a decade. The chair post was immediately filled by industry veteran Robert Hartnett, who’s held top spots with Houlihan’s Restaurants, Einstein Noah, and Bennigan’s. The company chose CFO and board director Dave Boennighausen to step in as interim CEO after a dozen years in Noodles & Co.’s employ. Sales have recently been in decline for the chain, and last year it failed to turn a profit.
eHarmony’s Founder Resigns as CEO, Stays as Chair
Neil Clark Warren, who founded dating site eHarmony at the turn of the millennium, has decided to step down as the company’s CEO but is remaining as chairman. A match was quickly found for the vacant position in Grant Langston, VP of marketing, who’s been with the business nearly as long as Warren. eHarmony claims that an average of more than 400 couples get married each day after meeting on the website. The company is expanding into another facet of matchmaking — between employers and potential employees.
Look for more Executives on the Move next week!