Church's Chicken names two new executives

Church’s Chicken chief executive Jim Hyatt has appointed two new executives, continuing the restructuring of his executive team.

Michael Mader has joined the quick-service chicken chain in the newly created position of senior vice president for global strategy, planning and alliances. He is responsible for midrange and long-term strategic planning, facilitation and execution, and management of key strategic alliances and partnerships, Atlanta-based Church’s said in a statement.

Previously, Mader was vice president of sales at The Coca-Cola Company, with responsibility for the Burger King Corporation account worldwide.

In addition, John “Barry” Barnett has been named Church’s new senior vice president for global supply chain and purchasing. He replaces Will Costello, who left Church's for another opportunity, a spokeswoman said.

Barnett most recently was Burger King’s vice president for global supply chain. Before that, he was responsible for integrated supply chain management at Restaurant Services Incorporated, the purchasing agent for Burger King franchisees in the United States.

Both executives report directly to Hyatt.

"We are committed to having a world class management team and in turn providing the best products and services to all our stakeholders," Hyatt said in a statement. "Mike and Barry bring a wealth of experience to our team and will help guide the company's strategy, commitment to quality, and in having strong alliances with our vendor partners. These positions strengthen our management team and our ability to accomplish our short, mid, and long-range objectives.”

Hyatt, former chief executive of fast-casual chain Cosí, became Church’s CEO in September 2011. He made several other executive changes [3] in January.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include whom John "Barry Barnett" replaced.

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