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.
Yum Brand's C-suite has undergone quite a few changes within the last few months. In September, the company appointed David Gibbs as CEO, effective Jan. 1, nearly a year after he was promoted to chief operating officer. The company also hired a chief financial officer in August. This week, the company said it hired a chief digital and technology officer, a first for the company, as well as a chief strategy officer as part of the company's technology push.
Check out more leadership changes from this week below:
Noodles & Company: Jeffrey W. Jones was appointed chairman of the board, according to a press release. He has served on the board since 2013. He will be a non-executive chairman. Prior to being on the board, Jones was a chief financial officer for Vail Resorts from 2003 to 2012. He is also a member of the board of directors and president of lodging, retail and real estate. Jones also currently serves on the board of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts and is a member of the board of Compensation Committee, Summit Hotel Properties.
Scooter’s Coffee: Tim Arpin has been hired as the drive-thru coffee chain’s vice president of franchise sales, according to an email sent to Restaurant Dive. He previously worked at Self Esteem Brands. The chain currently has 200 stores with plans to add 100 units each year.
Yum Brands: Clay Johnson, Walmart's chief information officer, will become the company’s first chief digital and technology officer on Oct. 15. The company also promoted Gavin Felder to the newly created position of chief strategy officer, according to a press release. Johnson will oversee the company’s global technology strategy and lead a coordinated, cross-brand effort to accelerate the company’s e-commerce strategy and use data and analytics to enhance the customer experience. Felder, who previously served as KFC’s chief financial officer, will develop the company’s long-term corporate strategies and partner with global brand divisions to unlock sources of growth and disruptive technologies. Both will work closely together on tech-centric in-store solutions, such as restaurant automation, to improve the customer and employee experience.
Juice It Up: Susan Taylor is the company’s vice president of operations of the smoothie chain, according to QSR Magazine. Prior to this role, she served 14 years at Jamba and other leadership positions at Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, Baja Fresh and Chevy’s Fresh Mex. In her new role, Taylor will support the chain’s growth strategy.
Del Taco: The Mexican fast food chain promoted Chad Gretzema to chief operating officer, according to a press release. He has been with Del Taco since 2012, most recently serving as senior vice president, strategic planning & innovation. Prior to Del Taco, he has held several positions in operations, training and marketing at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Phoenix Children’s Academy, Noodles & Company and Oscar Mayer Foods.
Carrols Restaurant Group: The company, which is one of the largest franchisees in the U.S., named Tim J. LaLonde as its interim chief financial officer, interim treasurer and vice president, according to a press release. The company continues to search for a permanent CFO to replace Paul R. Flanders, who died on Sept. 7. LaLonde most recently served as CFO at Dinosaur Restaurants, but worked at Carrols for 20 years as controller prior to that position.