Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT) today announced that Jill Golder has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective immediately, succeeding Michael Moore who announced his retirement. Ms. Golder joined Ruby Tuesday on April 15, 2013 as Senior Vice President, Finance, initially leading Financial Planning and Analysis, and Marketing Analytics, and assumed leadership of Information Technology and Investor Relations during the last year. As Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Golder will manage all areas of Corporate Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations, Internal Audit, Supply Chain and Information Technology. Mr. Moore will remain as an advisor to the Ruby Tuesday Executive Team and to Ms. Golder to support the transition until his retirement in August.
Mr. Moore joined Ruby Tuesday as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2011. Prior to joining Ruby Tuesday, Mr. Moore served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pamida Stores and Interim Chief Financial Officer of Kellwood, Inc., both portfolio companies of Sun Capital Partners.
Ms. Golder has over 25 years of finance and restaurant industry experience. Prior to joining Ruby Tuesday, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Ms. Golder spent 23 years at Darden Restaurants holding progressively responsible positions in finance. During her last 10 years with Darden, Ms. Golder held the position of Senior Vice President, Finance, leading finance for brands including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and the Specialty Restaurant Group.
Ms. Golder serves on the University of Tennessee Economics Advisory Council. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics at Kalamazoo College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
J.J. Buettgen, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Ruby Tuesday, Inc., said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Company, we congratulate Jill on her promotion. Jill has a track record of partnering with Marketing, Culinary and Operations developing insights and KPI’s that focus on strengthening sales and building sustainable business models. With a long tenure of both financial and restaurant experience, we believe Jill is ideally suited to lead our finance organization as we continue our brand transformation, and work to build long-term value for our shareholders. We would also like to thank Michael for his many contributions to Ruby Tuesday during his tenure, wish he and his family all the best in retirement, and thank him for supporting us during this transition.”