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Qdoba names Keith Guilbault CEO

Susan Daggett, formerly of Noodles & Company, appointed CFO

Qdoba Mexican Eats, which is shoring up its leadership team following its split from Jack in the Box, has named Keith Guilbault CEO, the company said on Monday.

Qdoba also named Susan Daggett CFO. Daggett is leaving an interim position at Noodles & Company, and her last day there is May 18. 

Qdoba expects to add roughly 100 full-time positions to its corporate team in the coming months.

Guilbault, whose appointment is effective immediately, has served as Qdoba’s president and COO since 2016. The Jack in the Box veteran has held several positions at the San Diego-based chain, including senior vice president and CMO.  In March, Jack in the Box completed the sale of Qdoba to Apollo Global Management in a $305 million cash deal, ending the burger chain’s 15-year ownership of the fast-casual Mexican brand. 

Lance Milken, a senior partner at Apollo, said Guilbault has been instrumental in helping guide Qdoba as it transitions to an independent company.

“We look forward to working with Keith, and believe he is ideally suited to lead Qdoba’s outstanding management team, employee base, and group of franchises as the company continues to bolster its position as a market-leading brand,” Milken said in a statement. 

Daggett, left, previously served as vice president of finance at Noodles & Company.

Prior to joining Noodles & Company in August 2016, she held executive positions at Smiling Moose Deli, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Pinnacle Restaurant Group and Arby’s.

“Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise that will greatly benefit Qdoba as we move forward,” Guilbault said in a statement. “I believe her proven track record as a visionary leader who successfully guided the financial and accounting operations of other large restaurant organizations makes Susan a natural fit for the role.”

Daggett will join Qdoba on May 23. 

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