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FAT Brands has named a new chief financial officer as well as a general counsel and executive vice president for capital markets.

FAT Brands names Ken Kuick, formerly of Noodles & Company, chief financial officer

The multi-concept franchisor also appointed Rob Rosen as executive vice president for capital markets and Allen Sussman as general counsel

FAT Brands named Ken Kuick its chief financial officer on Tuesday. The Los Angeles-based parent company of Fatburger, Johnny Rockets, Buffalo’s Cafe, Buffalo’s Express, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Elevation Burger, Yalla Mediterranean and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses also announced that Rob Rosen was its new executive vice president for capital markets and Allen Sussman was its general council.

Kuick most recently was chief financial officer of Noodles & Company, and before that he was chief accounting officer of real estate investment trust Vici Properties. He also was chief accounting officer for Caesars Entertainment.

Ken-Kuick.jpg“FAT Brands has an impressive portfolio of brands, tremendous growth potential and a dedicated team,” Kuick said in a press release announcing the executive appointments. “Along with joining the strong FAT Brands team, I am equally looking forward to working with the amazing franchisees and serving as a resource for them.”

Sussman, the new general counsel, was previously at the law firm Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles, where he was a partner in the capital markets and corporate practice groups and worked with FAT Brands through its initial public offering and recent acquisitions.

Rosen is a Wall Street veteran who has held a variety of management, board level and advisory positions Black Diamond Capital Management. He also worked at Fleet Bank, Kidder Peabody and Bank of Tokyo.

“FAT Brands has experienced remarkable growth in spite of the pandemic, opening new restaurants around the world, and we’re not done yet,” FAT brands CEO Andy Wiederhorn said in a statement. “Bringing these three talented professionals on-board will bring additional intellectual capital and practical expertise to our executive team as we explore new opportunities and consider other acquisitions.”

FAT Brands franchises around 700 restaurants worldwide.

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