The Galardi Group, parent to the Wienerschnitzel brand, named Rusty Bills chief operating officer.

Wienerschnitzel parent Galardi Group names Rusty Bills COO

Longtime executive succeeds CEO J.R. Galardi in operations role

Wienerschnitzel parent Galardi Group Inc. has promoted Rusty Bills to chief operating officer, a position previously held by J.R. Galardi, the president and CEO, the company said Monday.

Wienerschnitzel-COO-Rusty-Bills.jpgThe Irvine, Calif.-based company, with also owns the Tastee Freez and Hamburger Stand brands, said Bills assumed the COO spot immediately.

Bills served in various roles at the Galardi Group over the past 15 years, including his start with the company as a franchise business consultant, and then director of operations and vice president of operations.

The company said Bills will spearhead cost savings, store-level technology advancements and streamlined operations across each brand.

“Being named COO to help guide the same brands I have dedicated my career to for the last 15 years is an immense honor, and it’s proof that this company, which continues to be celebrated for its longevity and history, invests in those loyal to the organization,” Bills said in a statement.

Galardi added: “When determining who should assume the very important role of COO at such a pivotal time of growth for the company, it was clear there was no one better for the job than Rusty – a trusted and dedicated leader who is ever deserving of this promotion,”

Earlier this year, the Galardi Group hired Michael Nishi in March as chief financial officer.

Wienerschnitzel was founded in 1961 by John Galardi in Wilmington, Calif. His son, J.R. Galardi, was named CEO and president in February. The company has nearly 350 franchised Wienerschnitzel locations in 10 states.

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