MARYVILLE, TN–(hospitalitybusinessnews.com)–Ruby Tuesday, Inc. today announced the appointment of Tom Williams to the position of Chief People Officer, effective April 18, 2016. Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience in executing and leading human resources functions in both private and public retail organizations. In his role as Chief People Officer, he will be responsible for leading the Human Resources department at Ruby Tuesday.
“Tom not only has significant human resources experience but also a background in leading store operations and supply chain which has provided him with a deep understanding of HR opportunities at a multi-unit operation. He also has helped develop and implement HR programs and policies designed to attract and retain talent across all disciplines which we feel will be a great asset to Ruby Tuesday,” said JJ Buettgen, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to welcome Tom to the team at Ruby Tuesday and look forward to the new ideas and fresh perspective he brings to our Human Resources function.”
Most recently, Mr. Williams held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer for Jo-Ann Stores, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of fabrics and crafts with over 850 stores in 49 states. He also has experience leading store operations and supply chain at Jo-Ann Stores. Prior to that, Mr. Williams worked for Walmart in a variety of Human Resources, Finance and operational roles.
Mr. Williams stated, “It’s a great feeling to join a team that is dedicated to cultivating a strong corporate culture, leveraging the thoughts and ideas of engaged employees, and ensuring a great place to work. I am excited to join the Ruby Tuesday team and to continue fostering the positive work environment.”