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Executive Ladder


Little Gym International named Paul Dickenson vice president of marketing and brand management. Dickenson previously worked with Ashland Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic.  

Carlson Hotels Worldwide named Bjorn Gullaksen president of The Regent Luxury Group. The company also named Carmen Baker to a new position of vice president of responsible business. Paul Kirwin, previously president and managing director of Carlson Hotels Asia, is Carlson Hotels' president.

Settle Inn LLC & GuestHouse LLC named Mark Pearson the northeast regional director of Franchise Sales and Development. The hospitality company has locations in 26 states and China.

Wyndham Hotel Group named Jeff Farina vice president of business development for the hotel brand. Farina worked as chief development officer for Benchmark Hospitality Inc. before joining Wyndham.  

Nicholas Paul Shepherd will take over for Ron Powell as the new CEO and president of Sagittarius Brands. He previously was Blockbuster's chief operating officer, and brought in $5.5 billion of the company's marketing, merchandising, distribution, operations and real estate functions.

Play N Trade Franchise Inc., named Tom McMahon, 20-year retail growth and expansion expert, chief operating officer. Formerly vice president of retail sales for Activism, he led the company's first million-unit title with Tony Hawk Pro Skater. He also held senior executive positions with Starbucks Coffee and the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo. 

James Venable has joined Chester's International as director of operations. Venable will lead the effort to increase profitability at the store level throughout the U.S. for the fried chicken foodservice.

Two Men and a Truck hired Barb Dawson as vice president of information technology. Dawson previously served as director of public sector for Dewpoint Corp., and as chief executive officer with Strategic Advantage Corp.

Metromedia Restaurant Group appointed Alan Gaylin vice president of business development. In the past 20 years, Gaylin has served with the concept and menu development and real estate strategy and operational management.

Kristin Trevino and Travis Masters are the two newest members to Signs Now, a division of Allegra Network LLC. Both members will serve on the Franchise Advisory Board until 2011.

ReachLocal, Inc. hired 20-year franchise marketing and business operations veteran, Steve Truett as vice president of business operations, multi-local. 

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