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Church's Texas Chicken names Joe Guith as CEO to succeed Joe Christina.

Church’s Texas Chicken names Joe Guith as CEO

Former Focus Brands veteran succeeds Joe Christina in role

The parent to Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken has named industry veteran Joe Guith as its new CEO, effective Aug. 1, the company announced Tuesday.

Church's-Texas-Chicken-CEO-Joe-Guith.jpgThe Atlanta-based Church’s said Guith, a former executive with Focus Brands and he Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli and Schlotzsky’s concepts, succeeds Joe Christina, who served as CEO and president of Church’s Texas Chicken for six years.

“I’m impressed with this brand’s resiliency and its ability to navigate a challenging environment over the past few years,” Guith said in a statement. “With a strong base of domestic and international franchisees and a number of strategic growth initiatives on the horizon, this is an exciting and defining time in this great brand’s history.”

At Focus Brands, Guith oversaw a portfolio of more than 1,500 restaurants across the Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, and Schlotzsky’s brands.

Previously, he held brand president positions at McAlister's Deli and Cinnabon. Earlier in his career, Guith served as general manager of the KFC South Territory, a region that included more than 1,500 restaurants and more than 200 franchisees.

The company said part of Guith’s emphasis will be on technology, such as the digital innovations he helped launch at McAlister’s Deli.

He also served in several roles for The Coca-Cola Co. in a global capacity, working with franchise bottlers across six continents.

“As a strategic leader with extensive category expertise, Joe’s proven track record supports our efforts to build upon the brand’s strong foundation to drive future success,” said Anand Gowda, founder of High Bluff Capital Partners, which owns Church’s Texas Chicken along with various alternative investment funds managed by FS Investments.

Church’s, founded in in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952 by George W. Church, and its sister brand, Texas Chicken, primarily outside of the U.S., have 1,500 locations in 26 countries and global markets.

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