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This is the third announcement of an executive appointment in as many weeks at Church's Texas Chicken.

Church’s Texas Chicken appoints Roland Gonzalez U.S. chief operations officer

The former Restaurant Brands International executive is the chicken restaurant chain’s third recent major new executive appointment

Church’s Texas Chicken has named Roland Gonzalez as its chief operations officer for the United States, the Atlanta-based quick-service restaurant chain said Monday.

It’s the third announcement of an executive appointment in as many weeks.

In a release announcing the appointment, the chain said Gonzalez “will focus on collaboratively driving core business metrics.”

Gonzalez has a dozen years’ experience in operational leadership, including as executive vice president for operations of Virtual Dining Concepts, and head of global operations standards and strategy for Restaurant Brands International, parent company of Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons.

“I’m thrilled to join this team of strategic, hard-working industry leaders and team members. I look forward to a strong partnership with our incredible franchisees to further drive profitability, growth and exceptional service for our guests,” Gonzalez said in the release.

Church’s CEO Joe Guith praised Gonzalez for his leadership skills and experience.

“Roland is an exceptional leader who understands all aspects of the industry and is joining us with critical skills gleaned from his past roles,” Guith said. “We look forward to working with Roland, whose experience and knowledge will be a great asset to our team and the brand as a whole.”

The announcement of Gonzalez’s appointment comes on the heels of naming Natalia Franco its chief marketing officer, and Danton Nolan its chief financial officer.

Church’s Texas Chicken and its international brand, Texas Chicken, have more than 1,500 restaurants in 28 countries with systemwide sales of more than $1 billion.

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