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Famous Dave’s CEO Ed Rensi steps down

Famous Dave’s of America Inc. CEO Ed Rensi has stepped down from his role, effective immediately, the company announced Thursday. Though the company did not give a reason for his departure, this transition comes just 16 months after Rensi was appointed CEO.

Rensi will continue to serve on Famous Dave’s board of directors and will lead the board’s oversight of the company’s international expansion, the company said.

In the meantime, the board has appointed Adam Wright, an independent director of the company, as interim CEO while the search for Rensi’s replacement gets underway.

"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,” Famous Dave’s Chairman David Mastrocola said in a statement. “Our priority is now to identify a leader who can drive the next stage of Famous Dave's innovation and growth."

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