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Krystal names Catherine Jefferson CPO

Former Popeyes executive succeeds Tom Murrill as chief people officer

The Krystal Co. has named Catherine Jefferson as its new chief people officer, the company said Tuesday.

Jefferson was most recently vice president of people services at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Catherine Jefferson
Photo: Krystal

She succeeds Tom Murrill, who is retiring from the role, the Atlanta-based burger brand said. Murrill had served as CPO since 2015.

“We are very fortunate to be able to bring someone of Catherine’s caliber to our executive leadership team,” said Omar Janjua, Krystal CEO, in a statement.

Jefferson will lead human resources, talent development and culture support for Krystal’s more than 240 company-operated restaurants and 6,000 employees.

“Catherine’s results at Popeyes and leadership contributions to organizations like the School of Hospitality at Georgia State University showcase why we’re so excited to have her join us,” Janjua said.

Prior to Popeyes, Jefferson worked in human resources with Hilton Hotels Worldwide and InterContinental Hotels Group.

“My top priority is ensuring that we create an environment where existing and new team members can be successful, and that this great brand can continue to be successful for another 85 years,” Jefferson said.

The Krystal Co. ranked No. 98 in the Nation’s Restaurant News Top 100 census, with $435.1 million in estimated U.S. systemwide sales in the latest year.

Krystal, founded in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1932, has more than 350 restaurants in 11 states. 

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