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.
Several executives were promoted to new positions this week, with Jack in the Box promoting three individuals and Paris Baguette appointing a new CEO from within. Bojangles', Marco's Pizza and Coolgreens also promoted employees to new positions.
Check out additional executive news below:
Bojangles': The restaurant company promoted Robert Garcia to VP of franchise operations, training and development, according to an email sent to Restaurant Dive. In his new role, Garcia will be responsible for all franchise support operations and will continue to lead the company’s high priority training and development initiatives. Garcia joined Bojangles' in 2019, leading key national operations initiatives. He began his career as a crew member at Burger King, where he worked for 21 years. He has also worked at McDonald’s in various corporate roles.
Bloomin’ Brands: Donagh M. Herlihy, executive vice president and chief information officer, will leave the company on Jan. 26, according to SEC filings. He joined the company in 2014, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. During his tenure, he helped develop the company’s digital marketing and technology strategies.
Paris Baguette: Darren Tipton has been promoted to CEO of the company’s American operations, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Tipton replaces CEO Jack Moran, who was elevated to the global CEO position. Tipton, who joined the company in October of 2018 as VP of operations, most recently served as chief operating officer. Prior to joining the company, he was at Le Pain Quotidien.
Moran, who will now oversee global business development, has been with the company since July of 2018. He has over 25 years of experience and also served as CEO of Le Pain Quotidien and as director of operations at Au Bon Pain.
First Watch: The breakfast, brunch and lunch concept hired Greg Barber to serve in the newly created role of chief transformation officer, according to RestaurantNews.com. He will be responsible for leading strategy development and partner with the company's functional leaders on development and implementation of critical corporate initiatives. Barber spent nine years at PepsiCo and also worked at Mrs. Fields Famous Brands as president of TCBY and several private equity and consulting firms.
Coolgreens: Todd Madlener has been elevated to president and chief operating officer from his position of VP of operations, according to RestaurantNews.com. Madlener joined Coolgreens in 2018 after working at MAD Greens and PB&J restaurants. He also worked at Red Robin for over 20 years.
Jack in the Box: The company promoted three executives, according to a press release. Adrienne Ingoldt, VP of marketing communications, was promoted to SVP, chief brand and experience officer. Jennifer Kennedy, VP, product marketing, will step into the role of chief product and innovation officer. Sarah Super, VP, general counsel, is now SVP, general counsel and chief risk officer.
Ingoldt has been with the company for more than four years, leading the marketing communications team. She previously worked in creative agencies for brands such as Infiniti, Ray-Ban, LensCrafters, Adidas and Asics. Kennedy has been at Jack in the Box for 10 years, leading the product marketing team. Prior to her work at Jack in the Box, she was at MillerCoors and Starbucks. Super has led the legal team at the company for six years. She previously practiced law in Los Angeles for 10 years as a partner at Gordon & Rees. She represented Jack in the Box as outside counsel for five years prior to joining the company.
Yum Brands: Annie Young Scrivner, CEO of Godiva, and Keith Barr, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, will become non-executive directors on the company’s board on Jan. 24, according to a press release.
Marco’s Pizza: Tim Brown has been hired as VP, chief of operations, according to a press release. Brown, a Marco’s Pizza area representative and franchisee, will lead franchise operations and company-managed operations. Brown began his career as a Domino’s delivery driver 40 years ago, later becoming an SVP of operations for its largest franchisee. He joined Marco’s Pizza in 2008 and owns nine stores. In his new role, Brown will build a team that will work with franchisees and area representatives to provide training and enhancements across the system.
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