Taco Bueno Restaurants L.P. has named industry veteran Mary Ellen Mullins to the new position of chief people officer, the quick-service brand said Tuesday.
The Dallas-based company said Mullins most recently served as senior director of human resources for Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Sonic Restaurants Inc. and earlier was in various human resources leadership roles with Yum! Brands Inc.
“Her phenomenal experience in the QSR world, providing world-class support to her internal clients and serving as an inspirational leader to her teams will add incredible value to the Taco Bueno team,” said Omar Janjua, Taco Bueno CEO, in a statement.
The company said Mullins will oversee a range of human resources functions for Taco Bueno, including talent acquisition, employee capability and development, employee experience, and retention, among other duties. She will report directly to the CEO.
Taco Bueno was purchased by private-equity firm TPG Growth in December 2015.
Taco Bueno, founded in 1967 in Abilene, Texas, has 186 restaurants in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
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