Chutes & Ladders: Cosi names new CEO, McDonald's COO to exit

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and firings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Nicole Melton at [email protected] and we will feature it here at the end of each week.


R.J. Dourney has been named CEO
and president of Così Inc. He is the
founder and CEO of Hearthstone
Assoc., a Massachusetts-based
restaurant company. Dourney succeeds
Stephen Edwards who will assume the
role of executive chairman and continue to
serve as a member of Così`s board of
directors. Press release




Tim Fenton will retire as COO of
McDonald's Corp., effective October
1, 2014. The company will not fill
the COO role, but will broaden
responsibilities of Pete Bensen, exec-VP
and CFO, and Steve Easterbrook,
exec-VP and global chief brand officer.
Press release



> Kevin Kemp has been promoted to president of the Eastern region at Supervalu. He was most recently VP of supply chain services there. Press release

Howard Eirinberg has been promoted to CEO of Kronos Foods. He succeeds Michael Austin, now chairman of Kronos. Eirinberg has been with Kronos since 2011, in a variety of roles. Press release

Ralph Nicoletti has been named exec-VP and CFO of Tiffany & Co. He was formerly exec-VP and CFO at CIGNA, the global health services and insurance company. James N. Fernandez, COO and CFO, will retire in July. Press release

Bruno Guillon has stepped down as CEO of Mulberry. Godfrey Davis, who is currently non-executive chairman and was previously CEO, will become executive chairman until a successor is found. Press release