B.Good, a fast-casual, farm-to-table chain, has named Chris Fuqua CEO, the company said Wednesday.
Fuqua, who has held various leadership roles at Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., replaces co-founder Anthony Ackil, who is leaving to focus on a new entrepreneurial venture, but will remain involved with the company as a member of its board of directors and as an investor.
“It is time for me to pass the torch to Chris, whom I know will bring great energy and life to our business,” Ackil said in a news release. “Chris is the right person to bring our company to its next level and was my very first choice to succeed me as CEO. I know he will maintain the company's vision and build on its authentic roots and the unique culture we've established over the years. Chris will put his own stamp on B.Good, and I know he will take us to amazing new heights. I can't wait to see how our little company continues to grow."
Fuqua takes over the company, which serves items like grain bowls, salads and burgers, after eight years with Dunkin’ Brands in marketing, operations, supply chain and strategy roles.
"There are very few companies with the authenticity, mission-driven focus and brand identity that B.Good has developed over the years. That's what makes this opportunity so thrilling for me personally," Fuqua said. "I have so much admiration for what Anthony and Jon [Olinto, also a co-founder] and the team developed at B.Good. Since joining the company's board, I have felt the passion our people have for great tasting, locally sourced food that makes you feel good and I have witnessed the impact our mission has on so many communities. I am both humbled and incredibly enthusiastic to lead the company, scale this amazing, authentic culture and implement new ideas as we continue to expand. The future for B.Good is incredibly bright, and I look forward to leading us through the next phase of growth."
B.Good was founded in 2003, is based in Boston, and has 70 locations across the U.S., Canada, Switzerland and Germany.
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