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McAlister’s names Rick Altizer president

McAlister’s names Rick Altizer president

Industry veteran picked to lead deli chain

Focus Brands Inc. has named Rick Altizer as president of its McAlister’s Deli division, the company said Wednesday.

Altizer, most recently the co-founder of the Falls Church, Va.-based Rightwell Growth business consultancy, succeeds Carin Stutz, who left as McAlister’s president in April to join Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.

"Rick is an accomplished executive who has a strong track record for leading high-performance teams and transforming businesses into high-growth franchises," said Paul Damico, president of Focus North America. "He will draw on his extensive experience in the franchise business to continue to drive McAlister's innovation and success."

Prior to joining the Alpharetta, Ga.-based McAlister’s, Altizer worked in a variety of marketing and operations roles, including at McDonald’s Corp. and as CEO of Elevation Burger.

"I am very pleased to have this opportunity to lead McAlister's to its next stage of growth and success," said Altizer in a statement.

In addition to foodservice companies, Altizer also worked with Midas International, Jiffy Lube International and Shell Oil.

McAlister's Deli has more then 360 restaurants in 28 states.

Focus Brands Inc.’s affiliate brands include Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon and Moe’s Southwest Grill as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee on some military bases and in international markets.

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