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TGI Fridays’ CEO steps down

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TGI Fridays’ CEO Nick Shepherd will resign from his role in October, the casual-dining company said Thursday.

Shepherd, who has served as CEO since 2009, recently notified the board that he would be stepping down, citing that the time was right to “pass the torch.”

He will have an active role in transitioning the company to new leadership and plans to work closely with Chairman of the Board John Antioco, who will come on board as interim CEO if a replacement is not identified by mid-October, the company said.

The board has launched a search for Shepherd’s successor, led by Fridays’ majority shareholder Sentinel Capital Partners.

"Nick led the transformation of Fridays into a dynamic, globally relevant brand with a bright future and a strong platform for growth," Antioco said in a statement. "We would like to formally recognize Nick for his outstanding and passionate leadership of the business. While we hate to see Nick leave, we are extremely confident that the iconic Fridays brand and significant growth prospects will attract a highly-capable successor."

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