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Charlie Guzzetta, the new president of fast-casual burger chain BurgerFi
Charlie Guzzetta is the new president of fast-casual burger chain BurgerFi.

Charlie Guzzetta promoted to president of fast-casual burger chain BurgerFi

Former brand development officer to oversee the burger chain’s plans to go public

BurgerFi has promoted Charlie Guzzetta to president, the company said Friday.

Previously, Guzzetta had been the company’s chief brand development officer, but he has worked in many positions in the fast-casual burger chain company, including operations, communications, marketing and restaurant development.

The position of president is a new role at the company, which had been run by an executive board comprised of the heads of various departments, a company spokesperson said.

BurgerFi’s founder, John Rosatti, will continue to stay on in the position of Special Advisor.

Guzzetta earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., 2013.

BurgerFi is based in North Palm Beach, Fla., and operates and franchises around 125 restaurants.

At the end of June, BurgerFi entered into an agreement with OPES Acquisition Corp. to take the company public.

They expect the deal to close in October and for the chain to be publicly traded under the ticker symbol BFI on the Nasdaq exchange.

According to Nation’s Restaurant News’ Top 200 research, BurgerFi’s U.S. systemwide sales were $143.6 million for the 2019 fiscal year ended in December, up 6.1% from $135.3 million in the preceding year.

The company had 117 domestic units in 2019, including 20 company-owned and 97 franchised. That was up 8.3% from 108 domestic units in 2018.

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