LAKEWOOD, COLO. — Emanuel (Manny) P.N. Hilario will step down as chief operations officer of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. Effective immediately, Einstein Noah’s three regional vice-presidents of operations will share Mr. Hilario’s responsibilities and report directly to Michael Arthur, interim president and chief executive officer. Mr. Hilario will depart the company in the next several weeks after he assists with the transition.

The board of directors has opted not to fill the position until after a permanent president and chief executive officer is named, although there is no specific timeframe for such an appointment. Jeff O’Neill resigned as president and c.e.o. on Feb. 24.

“On behalf of the entire organization, we appreciate Manny’s contributions to Einstein Noah and wish him well in the next phase of his career,” Mr. Arthur said. “Manny has been an instrumental member of our executive team since 2010 and brought a fresh perspective to the chief financial officer and later the chief operations officer role. We thank him for his leadership, professionalism and determination in helping us attain ever higher levels of performance across various business disciplines.”