Focus Brands — affiliate of Roark Capitol Group and parent company of Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli and Schlotzsky’s — announced two new executive appointments Monday: Brian Krause as chief development officer and Tim Muir as the company’s first chief sales officer.
Krause — who joins the company from Inspire Brands, where he served as chief development officer and vice president for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches — will be responsible for driving growth for the Focus Brands restaurant portfolio. Prior to working for Inspire Brands, which is also owned by Roark Capitol Group, he worked in various leadership positions at Wyndham Resorts and Hotels.
“Focus Brands is incredibly fortunate to have such tremendous talent to support our businesses,” Jim Holthouser, CEO of Focus Brands, said in a statement. “I'm confident Brian's strengths in franchise sales, strategy, policy making, and collaboration will be invaluable in driving our brands forward to further accelerate our growth.”
Krause will be replacing Muir, who served as the company’s first chief development officer, appointed in 2017. Prior to joining Focus Brands, Muir worked in leadership roles as Choice Hotels International and Wyndham Hotel Group. In his new role, Muir will focus on franchise sales and revenue growth.
“Tim’s success and leadership made him the obvious choice to trailblaze this new, critical function for us and I look forward to seeing the results of his high-performing sales team,” Holthouser said in a statement.
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