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Inspire Brands names Yasir Anwar chief technology officer

The former CTO of Williams-Sonoma and Macy’s reports directly to restaurant company CEO Paul Brown

Inspire Brands named Yasir Anwar its chief technology officer Tuesday.

The Atlanta-based restaurant holding company said Anwar has experience in building “in-house and agile technology teams.” Most recently he was chief technology and digital officer of Williams-Sonoma, and before that he was CTO of Macy’s. He also has held tech leadership roles at Walmart and Wells Fargo.

"Inspire is committed to building extensible shared technology capabilities for our iconic brands. It helps us run faster, better meet the needs of guests and franchisees, and build data driven insights into our business," Inspire Brands co-founder and CEO Paul Brown said in a release announcing Anwar’s appointment. "Yasir's extensive experience in leading transformative change and his collaborative approach with brands will accelerate our journey toward this vision." 

Yasir-Anwar-Headshot_4.29.24-scaled.jpegAnwar, left, will oversee teams including product engineering, data engineering, technology operations, architecture, cybersecurity, enterprise applications, and infrastructure and development operations.  

"I am thrilled to join Inspire Brands at such an exciting time for the organization and add to the incredible work the technology teams have already accomplished,” Anwar said in the release. “Driving the technology strategy for six iconic brands is a dynamic opportunity that I am excited to tackle."

Anwar, who officially joined Inspire on May 6, reports directly to Brown and also serves on the company’s management committee.

Inspire Brands is the parent company of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic Drive-In, Jimmy John’s, Dunkin’, and Baskin Robbins.

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