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Bojangles Inc. has named David Whitaker to succeed Brian Unger as chief operating officer.

Bojangles names David Whitaker COO

Executive most recently worked with Inspire Brands’ Arby’s division

Bojangles Inc. has named restaurant veteran David Whitaker as its chief operating officer, the company announced Monday.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based quick-service chain said Whitaker would oversee company and franchise operations.

Bojangles-David-Whitaker-COO-Headshot.jpgWhitaker, left, will join the company on May 2, succeeding Brian Unger, who will be retiring. Unger joined the company in 2019.

“I can’t say enough about Brian’s contributions to Bojangles,” said Jose Armario, Bojangles CEO, in a statement. “He represents the very best in our industry and has helped our company navigate the past few years with outstanding leadership and dedication.” 

Whitaker brings over 35 years of experience as a strategic operator and systems implementation expert for such restaurant companies as including Bloomin’ Brands Inc., The Wendy’s Co. and Arby’s.

Prior to Bojangles, Whitaker spent seven years at Inspire Brands, most recently as senior vice president for Arby’s largest division, supporting 300 corporate locations and more than 1,000 franchised units in the Southeast and Northwest.

“His leadership experience, extensive operational knowledge and successful track record working with franchisees are all substantial assets for our team and the Bojangles brand,” Armario said.

Whitaker added: “I can’t think of a better time to be part of this impressive team and help build on all the great work Bojangles is doing today.”

Bojangles was taken private in 2018 by Durational Capital Management L.P. and The Jordan Co. L.P.

Bojangles Inc., founded in 1977, has about 760 restaurants in 14 states.

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