Casey’s General Stores announced that it has named Tom Brennan as Chief Merchandising Officer.
Brennan will report to CEO Darren Rebelez and will lead the development and implementation of the company’s overall merchandising and prepared foods strategy.
“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. “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.”
Brennan joins Casey’s from CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., the parent of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, where he was Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the operations and support of over 3,000 restaurants across the U.S.
Prior to CKE, he spent 11 years at 7-Eleven in a variety of leadership roles in merchandising, category management, store development and operations. Before 7-Eleven, he worked in the Financial Planning and Analysis group at Target Corp. and he also served six years on active duty as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army.
“I am honored to join the team at Casey’s to help continue to build this incredible brand and deliver great products conveniently every day to our guests,” said Brennan.
Brennan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Casey’s operates over 2,000 convenience stores in 16 states. Founded more than 50 years ago, the company has grown to become the fourth-largest convenience store retailer and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the U.S.