Bojangles taps Arby executive as COO

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Bojangles has appointed restaurant executive David Whitaker as chief operating officer, overseeing corporate and franchise operations to drive system-wide sales and growth.

Whitaker will join Bojangles on May 2, succeeding Brian Unger, who is retiring after three years with Bojangles and a restaurant career that spans four decades, according to a press release.

“I can’t say enough about Brian’s contributions to Bojangles,” Bojangles CEO Jose Armario said in the statement. “He represents the best in our industry and has helped navigate our business over the past few years with exceptional leadership and dedication. We wish him all the best for his retirement.

Prior to Bojangles, Whitaker spent seven years at Inspire Brands, most recently as senior vice president of Arby’s largest division, supporting 300 corporate locations and over 1,000 franchise units.

“I’m very excited to join Bojangles as COO. I can’t think of a better time to be part of this awesome team and help build on all the great work Bojangles is doing today,” Whitaker said. in the press release. “With such an iconic brand and a passionate fan base, Bojangles has a solid foundation to grow in the years to come, and I look forward to working closely with our operational leaders, franchisees and executives as we We strive to bring Bojangles to a much wider audience, with a particular focus on providing exceptional service to our customers and great environments for our team members across the system.”

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