July 22, 2020
Potbelly Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, named Robert D. Wright as president and CEO, succeeding Alan Johnson. A 30-year veteran of the quick-serve restaurant sector, Wright was most recently COO at the Wendy’s Company.
“We are thrilled to welcome a new leader with extensive restaurant operating experience,” said Joe Boehm, Potbelly’s lead director. “He drove dramatic improvement in guest satisfaction at Wendy’s, and Potbelly will greatly benefit from his vision, leadership, and drive to successfully transform our business.”
Wright‘s immediate focus will be on accelerating the Company’s ongoing business turnaround. This includes improving the on- and off-premise guest experience, enhancing the brand positioning, and reviewing the company’s cost structure and asset base.
Wright said, “Despite the challenges the current environment brings, I am confident that the core strengths of the Potbelly brand are exactly the qualities that make a successful, growing brand and company.”
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