Inspire Brands has promoted John Kelly to chief company restaurant officer, effective immediately, the company said Thursday.
Atlanta-based Inspire, parent to Arby's, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s, Rusty Taco and Sonic Drive-In, said Kelly would join the executive team as well in the newly created position.
Previously, Kelly served as Arby’s chief operating officer, where he oversaw the North American operations for more than 3,500 restaurants.
An Inspire spokesperson said Kelly would be succeeded in the Arby’s role by Lou Beccarelli, who currently serves as regional vice president and division leader of operations a Dunkin’.
The company said Beccarelli had gained increasing responsibility at Dunkin’ over the past 31 years.
Inspire Brands also said Tanishia Beacham would be named Sonic brand chief operating officer, effective Oct. 1.
Beacham currently serves as senior vice president of franchise restaurant operations and has more than 21 years of operations experience at Sonic.
Beacham will succeed Eddie Saroch in the operations role at Sonic. A spokesperson said Saroch had left to pursue other opportunities.
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