San Diego-based fast-casual chain, Qdoba Mexican Eats, last week announced the promotion of vice president of franchise and license operations, Eric Williams, to chief operating officer, effective Aug. 18.
“Since joining Qdoba, Eric has proven to be an exceptional leader capable of taking on additional responsibility,” Qdoba CEO Keith Guilbault said in a statement. “He has provided valuable insight to help our franchise owners thrive, particularly during the pandemic, and I look forward to seeing his contributions and leadership extend even further into the company operations function in his new role.”
Williams, left, joined Qdoba in 2019 as director of operations. Prior to holding multiple positions with Qdoba, he had a nearly-30-year career with Carl’s Jr. parent company CKE Restaurants, where he served as chief operating officer, with experience in restaurant, franchise and corporate operations, as well as multi-unit franchise ownership.
“I am honored to be carrying out my work with Qdoba’s exceptional group of franchisees who hold true the brand’s mission of bringing flavor to people’s lives,” Williams said in a statement. “As I take on this next role, I see new growth opportunities on the horizon for both the company and franchise and I am thrilled to be moving into this next chapter.”
Qdoba Mexican Eats currently has more than 740 restaurant locations across the U.S. and Canada.
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