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.
Major QSR brands hired several C-suite positions this week, with Domino's appointing a new chief financial officer following Jeffrey Lawrence's previously announced retirement plans, and Whataburger tapping a new CEO after its majority ownership sale in 2019.
Check out additional leadership changes below:
Bloomin' Brands: Sheilina Henry has been promoted to group vice president, diversity and inclusion, a newly created role for the company, according to a press release. Henry will lead the company’s effort to furthering equality and inclusion in leadership, talent, training and education and will oversee the Bloomin' Brands Diversity & Inclusion Council, which advises short- and long-term strategies to advance diversity, equality and inclusion among employees, customers, suppliers and communities. Henry, who has over 20 years of experience in restaurant operations, training and project management, joined Bloomin' Brands in 2012 as an Outback Steakhouse joint venture partner. She was promoted to vice president, training and development in 2016 and regional vice president in 2019.
Domino's Pizza: Stu Levy, Domino's executive vice president of supply chain services, has been promoted to chief financial officer, succeeding Jeffrey Lawrence, who will be retiring this year, according to a press release. Levy has been with Domino's since 2019 after serving as executive vice president and chief transformation officer for Republic Services, a solid waste collection company.
Domino’s also promoted Cindy Headen to Levy's previous position. Headen has been with Domino's since 2015, when she joined as vice president of procurement and product management. She was later promoted to senior vice president of global procurement and supply chain operations in 2018. Prior to Domino's, Headen spent about 15 years at Pepsico USA.
Both of these changes will be effective Aug. 20.
Focus Brands: Dawn Ray joins the company's executive leadership team as senior vice president of corporate communications, according to a press release. In this newly created role, Ray will lead strategic corporate communications and build public relations and communications for franchise sales. She will try to elevate the company’s profile with key audiences worldwide, as well as build awareness of the company’s innovation and growth. Ray most recently served as senior vice president for Burson Cohn & Wolfe in Memphis, Tennessee, and has experience in communications and public relations for the hospitality, real estate, transportation and healthcare industries.
Checkers: The fast food chain has appointed Lenny Comma to its board of directors, according to a press release. Comma previously served as chairman and CEO at Jack in the Box from January 2014 to June 2020.
Whataburger: Ed Nelson, Whataburger president, has been promoted to CEO as of Aug. 1, according to a press release. Nelson has worked at the brand for 16 years and has served as president since July 2019. Under Nelson’s leadership, the chain launched curbside and delivery across its 10-state footprint, introduced limited-time offers, built seven new restaurants with nine more planned by the end of the year, unveiled new restaurant designs and developed a new prototype, and announced plans to begin franchising for the first time in 20 years. This appointment follows a majority ownership transition to BDT Capital Partners, which completed in 2019.