Famous Dave's of America Inc. today announced that Ed Rensi has stepped down from his role as CEO effective immediately. Rensi joined the Famous Dave's Board in January 2014, and agreed to assume the role of chief executive officer in February 2014 following the unexpected resignation of his predecessor. Rensi will continue to serve on the company's Board of Directors and will lead the board's efforts in overseeing the company's international expansion efforts.
The Board has appointed Adam J. Wright, an independent director of the company since 2013, to serve as interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a permanent CEO with the assistance of Heidrick & Struggles Inc., a leading executive search firm.
On behalf of Famous Dave's Board, chairman David J. Mastrocola says, "We recognize Ed's continuing contributions to Famous Dave's and, in particular, his willingness to provide his valuable leadership and experience to the company during a period of transition. Our priority is now to identify a leader who can drive the next stage of Famous Dave's innovation and growth."