Gentleman — and ladies — fire up your keyboards and start your one-liners… not yet… hold on… now!
Tuesday, Toys “R” Us announced the naming of the toy company’s new CEO. While such a development normally wouldn’t even remotely fall under CFT’s purview, the name of its new leader causes it to: Dave Brandon.
Brandon, of course, spent four years as the athletic director at Michigan. He (ahem) “resigned” his post in late October of last year, a move that came after a month in which Brandon was assailed from numerous corners for various missteps, from the handling of the Shane Morris head injury to the corporate nature of home football games — along with the pricing — to an embarrassing string of emails from the AD to various fans.
And then there’s below, which plays off the whole Coke-for-tickets debacle a month before Brandon’s resignation:
Prior to becoming AD at his alma mater, Brandon served as the CEO of Domino’s Pizza. His corporate background led to a growing number of fans over the years decrying that that was how he was running — or ruining, as the case may be — the storied program, especially as the losses piled up.
Regardless, Brandon is now off to his next corporate adventure.
“I consider it a tremendous privilege to assume this important leadership role at Toys ‘R’ Us, one of the most well-known retail brands in the world,” Brandon said in a statement. “I believe our best days are ahead of us and I’m eager to get started. Meeting our employees and vendors is something I very much look forward to, as we begin to work together to drive future growth and create memorable shopping experiences for our customers.”