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Krystal names Tom Murrill chief people officer

Krystal names Tom Murrill chief people officer

HR veteran comes from travel industry

The Krystal Co. has named former travel industry human resources executive Tom Murrill chief people officer, the company said Tuesday.

Murrill, who replaces Craig Barton, served most recently as vice president of human resources for Silver Airlines, then Western Global Airlines, the company said. He spent more than a decade with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. as chief human resources officer, and spent several years as senior vice president of human resources for Steak ’n Shake.

As chief people officer, Murrill will be responsible for all aspects of human resources for the Atlanta-based chain’s 250 company restaurants and 6,000 employees. He will report to CEO Omar Janjua.

“The new CPO position is a critical role that will align our core values to the company’s strategies and how we operate on a day-to-day basis,” Janjua said in a statement. “I have worked with Tom before and know firsthand that he understands that delicate balance of business with employee needs when building effective teams.

“Tom brings to the table experience across many hospitality-driven industries,” Janjua added. “He will be a strong team member as we grow the Krystal brand.”

Murrill is the latest new executive to join Krystal at the top ranks following the appointment of Janjua as president and CEO in January. The company also named Carl Jakaitis chief financial officer.

Krystal has more than 350 restaurants in 11 states.

This story has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: May 6, 2015  Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story misstated that Murrill is Krystal's first chief people officer.

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