Ruby Tuesday Inc. has promoted senior vice president of finance Jill Golder to executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.

She replaces CFO Michael Moore, who will retire in August but remain in an advisory role throughout the transition this summer.

Golder joined the 755-unit casual-dining chain in April 2013 to initially oversee financial planning and analytics, as well as marketing analytics. In the past year, she assumed leadership of Ruby Tuesday’s information technology and investor relations departments.

As chief financial officer, Golder will be responsible for all areas of corporate finance, accounting, investor relations, auditing, supply chain and information technology.

“On behalf of the board of directors and the entire company, we congratulate Jill on her promotion,” chief executive J.J. Buettgen said, in a statement. “Jill has a track record of partnering with marketing, culinary and operations, developing insights and key performance indicators that focus on strengthening sales and building sustainable business models. With a long tenure of both financial and restaurant experience, we believe Jill is ideally suited to lead our finance organization as we continue our brand transformation and work to build long-term value for our shareholders.”

Golder’s career in the restaurant industry spans more than 25 years, including serving as chief financial officer for Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, as well as senior vice president of finance for Darden Restaurants Inc., where she oversaw finance for Olive Garden, Red Lobster and the company’s Specialty Restaurant Group.

Maryville, Tenn.-based Ruby Tuesday operates 679 company-owned locations and franchises another 76 restaurants in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 12 foreign markets. It also operates 20 company-owned locations of the Lime Fresh fast-casual chain and franchises another eight units of that brand.

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