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Inspire Brands has named a new chief people officer.

Natalie Rothman named Inspire Brands chief people officer

The former Advance Auto Parts and PepsiCo executive will replace Melissa Strait

Inspire Brands has named Natalie Rothman its chief people officer, effective May 30th, the parent company of Arby’s, Dunkin’, and other chains said Wednesday.

She will replace Melissa Strait, who announced her retirement in January.

Rothman previously was chief human resources officer at Advance Auto Parts, and prior to that she worked in human resources at PepsiCo, leading that company’s global foodservice division with 5,500 employees.

“As Inspire continues to grow, leaders like Natalie will help us realize the full potential of our dynamic and diverse workforce,” Inspire Brands CEO Paul Brown said in a release announcing Rothman’s appointment. She will report directly to him.

“Natalie’s experience building and developing teams, as well as her ability to strengthen culture and ultimately attract top talent will be instrumental to our growth and I’m looking forward to working with her,” he added.

Rothman will work at Inspire’s Global Support Center in Atlanta.

“Joining Inspire at this stage in the company’s journey is an incredible opportunity,” she said in the release. “Much of the foundation and groundwork has already been set within Inspire’s HR function and I’m looking forward to taking what has been built to the next level.”

Inspire is the parent company of some 32,000 restaurants worldwide under the brands of Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s, and Sonic Drive-In.

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