Bojangles appoints David Whitaker as new COO | Business

CHARLOTTE, NC–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2022–

Bojangles has appointed restaurant executive David Whitaker as chief operating officer, overseeing corporate and franchise operations to drive system-wide sales and growth.

Bojangles has appointed restaurant executive David Whitaker as chief operating officer, overseeing corporate and franchise operations to drive system-wide sales and growth. With 35 years of experience as a strategic operator and systems implementation expert for major industry players, the seasoned executive brings extensive experience in multi-unit operations, franchising and training to Bojangles. (Photo: Bojangles)

Whitaker will join Bojangles on May 2, succeeding Brian Unger, who is retiring after three years with Bojangles and a restaurant career spanning four decades.

“I can’t say enough about Brian’s contributions to Bojangles,” said Jose Armario, CEO of the southern food chain known for its legendary chicken, cookies and tea. “He represents the best in our industry and has helped navigate our business over the past few years with exceptional leadership and dedication. We wish him the best for his retirement. »

Whitaker brings over 35 years of experience as a strategic operator and systems implementation expert for major industry players, including Bloomin’ Brands, Wendy’s and Arby’s. He began his career as an hourly crew member working for local fast-casual chain Papa Gino’s based in Dedham, Massachusetts, and worked his way up to managerial positions. Prior to Bojangles, Whitaker spent seven years at Inspire Brands, most recently as Senior Vice President of Arby’s largest division, supporting 300 corporate locations and over 1,000 franchise units spanning the South east of the northwestern continental United States.

“We are delighted to welcome David to Bojangles. His leadership experience, extensive operational knowledge and successful track record of working with franchisees are all great assets to our team and the Bojangles brand,” said Armario. “David brings a broad base of experience in leading operations and operational services functions for multiple brands – both inside and outside of the QSR category, which will be essential in ensuring Bojangles meets our customers’ expectations and makes excellent operations a priority in all of our restaurants.”

“I am very excited to join Bojangles as COO. I can’t think of a better time to be part of this awesome team and help build on all the great work Bojangles is doing today,” Whitaker said. “With such an iconic brand and a passionate fan base, Bojangles has a strong foundation to grow in the years to come, and I look forward to working closely with our operational leaders, franchisees and executives as we strive to bring Bojangles to a much wider audience. with a particular focus on providing exceptional service to our customers and excellent environments for our team members across the system.

Bojangles, Inc. is a growing, highly differentiated restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving our customers high-quality, mouth-watering meals prepared from our Southern recipes, including breakfast served all day. day, every day. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bojangles® serves menu items such as breakfast sandwiches made from homemade cookies, delicious hand-breaded bone-in chicken, savory fixins (sides) and Legendary Iced Tea®. Currently, Bojangles has approximately 760 restaurants systemwide in 14 states. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles on Facebook, Instagram andTwitter.

Stacey McCray, Bojangles ([email protected], 704-940-8736)

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