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Sonic promotes McLain to president

OKLAHOMA CITY Sonic Corp., the 3,400-unit drive-in chain based here, announced several promotions within its top management, effective May 1.

Scott McLain, currently president of the company's franchising subsidiary, will assume the additional title of president of Sonic Corp., a position held by Clifford Hudson, who will remain chairman and chief executive. In the added role, McLain will be responsible for all company operations, including marketing, information technology, purchasing, development, franchise human resources and corporate communications.

Mike Perry, president of the company's restaurant operating subsidiary, or Sonic Restaurants, will assume the new post of chief operating officer, reporting to McLain.

Eddie Saroch will take over as president of Sonic Restaurants, and Rob Geresi, a senior vice president within Sonic Restaurants, will assume responsibility for franchise services, an area that had been managed by Saroch.

The company also said Sharon Strickland had been promoted to vice president of corporate human resources. Strickland previously served as senior director of employee services.

Hudson said the realignment would allow him to focus more energy on system expansion and other long-term brand development strategies.

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