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Bojangles’ names new CEO, COO

Bojangles’ names new CEO, COO

New executives named as company completes going-private sale

Bojangles’ Inc. has named McDonald’s Corp. veterans Jose Armario as CEO and Brian Unger chief operating officer, the company announced Monday.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based chicken and biscuits company made the executive changes as it completed its sale to Durational Capital Management L.P. and The Jordan Company L.P., a going-private deal announced in November.

Board director James “Randy” Kibler had served as interim CEO since last March, when longtime CEO Clifton Rutledge resigned.

Prior to joining Bojangles’, Armario held numerous positions at McDonald’s, including president of the burger giant’s Chile division, group president of McDonald’s Canada and Latin America and executive vice president of worldwide supply chain, development and franchising.

In an interview on the Bojangles’ media website, Armario hinted at plans to expand the brand, particularly in newer markets like Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, as well as international expansion.

“I have visited lots of Bojangles’ restaurants across the system where our dedicated team members are serving the highest quality, best-tasting food in the industry, and I look forward to being part of the exciting future that lies ahead for the Bojangles’ brand,” Armario said in a statement.

Prior to joining the Bojangles’ as COO, Unger served as senior vice president of operations at McDonald’s, COO for Einstein Noah Restaurants Group Inc. and president and COO for Long John Silver’s.

Bojangles has 758 locations.

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