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.
Shake Shack and PDQ are the latest restaurants to tap new technology and marketing experts, respectively, joining an ongoing trend among restaurants to find top talent to bulk up digital, technology and marketing platforms. Check out additional new hires and promotions from some of the largest restaurant brands:
Shake Shack: The restaurant's beefed up c-suite will focus on development and technology initiatives. In addition to naming Dave Harris its first CIO, who will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of technology, the company promoted Michael Kark to chief global licensing officer and Andrew McCaughan to chief development officer effective Feb. 28, according to a company release. Kark, who previously served as vice president of global licensing, will focus on the company’s growing licensed partnerships around the world. McCaughan, who was formerly vice president of development, will oversee the company’s growth, real estate strategy, design, construction and facilities functions. The chain also named a ninth board member, with Sumaiya Balbale — formerly vice president of e-commerce, mobile and digital marketing at Walmart — joining the board on March 19.
PDQ Restaurants: Frank Rappa has been named the QSR chain’s first CMO after working at AX: Armani Exchange and Equinox Fitness. He has experience in leading strategic marketing and brand management operators, according to a company statement.
REGO Restaurant Group: Eric Grundmeier has been named chief supply officer. He previously worked at PepperJax Grill and Qdoba and will oversee supply chain systems and processes, including sourcing and quality control, according to a press release. The restaurant platform, which is backed by High Bluff Capital and includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, also hired Tim Casey as president and CEO and Mark Lohmann as chief brand officer last week.
Wendy's: Lauren Cutright, manager of investor relations, will be moving to a new role in March within the company's finance organization and Abi King will replace her as manager of investor relations, Greg Lemenchick, Wendy's director of investor relations, told investors during a February earnings call.