Craig Prusher, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Atlanta-based quick-service chain Church’s Chicken, has been named chairman of the board of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, a lobbying body for multi-unit restaurants. He had previously been the vice chair of the board, which is comprised of senior chain restaurant executives.
Additionally, David French, senior vice president of government relations for the National Retail Federation, of which the NCCR is a division, has been named the NCCR’s executive director.
Prusher was also the most recent recipient of NCCR's 2017 Grassroots Award in “recognition for his work inspiring franchisees and corporate executives to become more politically involved,” the NCCR said.
“I am honored to have been selected for this important role with NCCR,” Pusher said in a statement, adding that French’s appointment will result in “tighter integration” of the two bodies, which will “definitely benefit all of our chain restaurant members. I have been involved in NCCR for 15 years now and I could not be more excited about the future.”
The NCCR said that in recent years it has focused on advocating in regard to commodity costs, transaction fees for credit cards and debit cards, immigration reform, tax reform and labor/management policies.
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