September 16, 2015 – Heidrick & Struggles has been selected by Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Ed Rensi has stepped down from his role as CEO. Mr. Rensi joined Famous Dave’s board in January 2014, and agreed to assume the role of CEO the next month following the unexpected resignation of his predecessor.
The company’s board has appointed Adam J. Wright, an independent director of the company since 2013, to serve as interim chief executive while Heidrick conducts the search for a permanent CEO.
“Our priority is now to identify a leader who can drive the next stage of Famous Dave’s innovation and growth,” stated David J. Mastrocola, chairman of the board of directors at Famous Dave’s.
Famous Dave’s of America develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. The company owns 49 locations and franchises 132 additional units in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada.
Heidrick & Struggles is currently leading a number of CEO searches for client companies, including Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores and Citrix Systems Inc. Recently, the firm completed CEO assignments for Owens & Minor, Inc., Providence Service Corporation. and Microsoft Corp.
Heidrick’s global CEO search practice includes a team of 90 consultants who provide leadership advisory services and succession planning expertise to clients that include Fortune 1000, FTSE 350, and other marquee global organizations as well as start-ups and small/medium cap companies. Jeff Sanders serves as vice chairman and managing partner of the firm’s North America chief executive officer practice.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media