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La Madeleine names Shumsky CEO

DALLAS La Madeleine Bakery, Café & Bistro today named Michael R. Shumsky chief executive officer of the 61-unit chain.

Shumsky succeeds Greg Buchanan, who left in August to become chief executive at Buffet Partners Holding Co., parent of the Furr’s cafeteria chain.

Shumsky most recently was chairman and CEO of Johnny Rockets Group Inc.

Jean Roch Vachon, chairman of La Madeleine, said, “Michael’s vast experience in this industry will be valuable as we move the company forward. We are looking forward to his leadership and the opportunities for growth that he will bring la Madeleine.”

Shumsky also served as president for three years of Sonic Restaurants Inc. and he started his career at Taco Bell. Shumsky said in a statement: “I’m looking forward to the challenge. La Madeleine has such a rare opportunity for growth. It’s a unique brand with so many distinctive guest touch points. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, catering and retail are all well-positioned for future opportunities in same store growth, as well as new development as we expand the concept.”

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