This is the latest installment in a series that highlights major executive changes at top fast casual, QSR and casual dining chains over the past week.
Following its sale to Duration Capital Management last year, Bojangles' has been creating a new C-suite. It previously hired Jose Armario as CEO and Brian Unger as chief operating officer. The company also brought on former CKE Restaurants executive Reese Stewart as the fast food chain's chief financial officer and Jackie Woodward as chief marketing officer. This week, the company hired its first chief development officer.
Check out new leadership across the industry below:
Starbucks: The coffee chain has appointed three new board members, increasing its total directors to 13, effective Sept. 11, according to a press release. The new appointments are as follows:
Ritch Allison, who has been CEO of Domino’s since July 2018, will serve on Starbucks' compensation and management development committee.
Andrew (Andy) Campion, Nike executive vice president and chief financial officer, will serve on Starbucks' audit and compliance committee.
Isabel Ge Mahe, Apple's vice president and managing director of Greater China, will join the coffee chain's nominating and corporate governance board.
Salata Salad Kitchen: Kevin W. King has become the built-to-order salad chain's first corporate executive chef, according to a press release emailed to Restaurant Dive. In his new role, he will manage product innovation and efficacy of current and new prepping equipment and ensure that all brand, food production, menu planning, food cost, safety and cleanliness requirements meet Salata standards. He most recently worked as executive chef at Chef King's Catering, which offers healthy food to the U.S. Coast Guard at Sector Corpus Christi and the greater Houston area, and has also worked at a number of Houston businesses, including Riverbend Country Club, Pecan Grove Country Club and Live Oak Grill.
Which Wich: Cherry Hearn has been promoted to president, taking over the reigns of day-to-day operations from Which Wich founder Jeff Sinelli, according to an email sent to Restaurant Dive. Her immediate tasks will be to evaluate efficiency and operations at corporate while also enhancing support for franchisees. She will also work on strengthening third-party delivery partnerships as well as strengthen the company’s training program, attraction and retention of talent, marketing and menu innovations.
Hearn previously served as general counsel for the brand and multi-unit franchisee. She began her career as a certified public accountant, practicing for 14 years, before going to law school and entering the legal profession. Sinelli plans to expand parent company Sinelli Concepts International following its 2017 acquisition of Paciugo Gelato Caffe in 2017, and plans to launch Supernova Coffee in 2020.
Fiesta Restaurant Group: Hope Diaz will become the company’s chief marketing officer, effective Sept. 16, according to a press release. She will bring 20 years of marketing experience, most recently working at Restaurant Brands International as Popeyes’ global chief marketing officer. She also has worked at Burger King as head of marketing communications for North America and head of global innovation and guest understanding. Prior to Restaurant Brands International, she worked at MTV Networks Latin America.
Bojangles': Jose R. Costa has become the chain’s first chief development officer, according to a press release. He will be responsible for growing unit count, recruiting new franchisees, developing the company’s real estate strategy, and adding new equipment and new restaurant construction and design. He previously worked as CEO for GrandVision. He also worked at Driven Brands and worked in several positions at Burger King Latin America and Caribbean Region.
Garden Fresh Restaurants: Nicole Bushnell has been hired as chief marketing officer and John Gigliotti is now the company’s vice president of technology, according to Fast Casual. Bushnell previously worked for for years at Luna Grill, where she was responsible for brand strategy, e-commerce and loyalty platforms, among other areas. In her new role, she will oversee brand and marketing activities nationwide and help position the company for growth and development. Alongside Gigliotti, she will work on creating a tech-centric marketing approach, with plans to launch a loyalty program. Gigliotti most recently worked as IT director at Chuy’s Opco. At Garden Fresh, he will focus on improving the company’s technology, which will include its POS, network infrastructure and security, and build a technology team.
Wingstop: Executive Vice President and Chief Growth and Experience Officer Maurice Cooper left the company, effective Sept. 4, according to a press release. The company does not have plans to fill the position of chief growth and experience officer. Christina Clarke, vice president of marketing, has been promoted to interim chief marketing officer.