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Cicis names new chief operating officer

Industry veteran Jini Foust joins pizza brand

Cici Enterprises LP has named restaurant industry veteran Jini Foust as chief operating officer, the company said this week.

Foust succeeds Steven Jones, who had been COO at the Irving, Texas-based pizza buffet chain since April 2015.

Jini Foust. Photo: Cicis Pizza

Foust will oversee Cicis’ franchise and corporate operations, operations service and training.

“Jini adds incredible depth and experience to our operations team and will be an invaluable asset as we continue to enhance operations excellence in all of our restaurants,” said Darin Harris, Cicis CEO, in a statement.

Foust has worked more than 30 years in the multi-unit restaurant industry, including 10 years with McDonald’s Corp. and 23 years at Yum! Brands Inc. She most recently served as Taco Bell Corp.’s vice president of company operations and facilities maintenance.

“My love for restaurants started in high school when I took my first job and has grown throughout my career,” Foust said. “Now I’m excited to bring that passion to Cicis.”

Cici’s has nearly 450 restaurants in 33 states.

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Correction: March 08, 2017
This story has been edited to correct Cici Enterprises’ headquarters city to Irving, Texas.
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