Casey’s General Stores has named Tom Brennan as Chief Merchandising Officer, reporting to CEO Darren Rebelez. Brennan will oversee the development and implementation of the retailer’s overall merchandising and prepared foods strategy.
Brennan was most recently COO at CKE Restaurant Holdings, the parent of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, where he was responsible for the operation of more than 3,000 restaurants across the U.S. He also spent 11 years at 7-Eleven in a variety of leadership roles, and worked in the Financial Planning and Analysis group at Target.
“Tom is a tremendous leader with deep experience across the convenience and quick service restaurant industries that will benefit Casey’s already popular fresh food program and enhance our merchandising strategy,” said Rebelez in a statement. “We have a strong leadership team at Casey’s and I’m confident that Tom will contribute to our collective efforts to make life better for our guests and communities every day.”
Rebelez himself joined Casey’s in June following the retirement of former CEO Terry Handley. He was previously President of IHOP Restaurants, where he developed and implemented digital strategies to boost the restaurant chain’s growth.