Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants has named Michael Coyne as chief financial officer, the company announced Thursday.
Coyne, who will assume the new post Oct. 1, most recently served as CFO for the Chicago-based Potbelly Corp. and last year acted as interim CEO for that fast-casual brand.
A spokesperson for the Countryside, Ill.-based Cooper’s Hawk said Coyne in the new role will assume responsibilities that had been distributed between Scott Steurer, the company’s vice president of accounting, and Andrew Foff, vice president of financial planning, analysis and strategy.
“We are excited for Mike to join the Cooper’s Hawk team,” said Tim McEnery, Cooper’s Hawk founder and CEO, in a statement. “His depth of experience in both large public companies and the restaurant space will contribute greatly to our leadership team as we grow our brand.”
Prior to Potbelly, Coyne held leadership roles at CNA Financial Corp. and Sears Holdings Corp. Previously, he served in various financial roles at Schering-Plough Corp and Ernst & Young.
“I look forward to joining Tim and the unique culture he has created at Cooper’s Hawk,” Coyne said. “I’m also looking forward to adding my experience in public-company operating and finance roles, investment community relationships and strategic leadership to the talented Cooper’s Hawk team.”
Coyne will report directly to McEnery.
Separately, Cooper’s Hawk announced Friday that the Wine Enthusiast magazine had named McEnery as one of five finalists for its 2018 Innovator of the Year Award. The winner will be announced Nov. 8.
Cooper’s Hawk, founded in 2005, has 34 casual-dining restaurants with tasting rooms and retail markets. The company will open its 35th location in October with a new restaurant in New Lenox, Ill.
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