Zaxby’s CEO and Co-Founder Zach McLeroy announced that he plans to resign from his post to become the company’s chairman. Meanwhile, the company appointed Bernard Acoca as the new chief executive officer (CEO) to take over the position. McLeroy has been committed to Zaxby’s since 1990 and has seen the company expand in the number of locations and employees.
McLeroy decided it was time to transition into a new position that would allow him to support his family and Zaxby’s. McLeroy’s role will be transitional until Acoca takes over on an interim basis. “The best thing that Zach could do is step down and let Bernard take Zaxby’s to new heights,” said McLeroy, who will continue to work as chairman, president, and CEO of his investment firm, Zaxby’s Holdings.
Zaxby’s new CEO Bernard Acoca has spent the past five years working in various roles at Zaxby’s since he joined the company as vice president of development in 2011. Before joining Zaxby’s, Acoca served as president of El Pollo Loco and held several roles with the franchisee of Starbucks before that. Acoca will continue working with McLeroy to develop new ideas and opportunities for the company, such as franchising recent locations. Bernard Acoca is optimistic about Zaxby’s future. “We are poised for significant growth and look forward to a long and successful journey as we move forward,” Acoca said. “Our future looks bright, and our goal is to continue to enhance the guest experience by serving the best chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, and salads anywhere.”
Zach McLeroy believes in Bernard Acoca’s leadership abilities and that the company is in good shape because of Acoca’s involvement. He has a lot of confidence in Bernard’s ability to step into this new role and continue to drive success for the brand. “Bernard is a proven leader of great integrity who will ensure that our customers continue to have the highest level of satisfaction,” said Zach McLeroy. “He has experience in many facets of the business, which is important as we expand.”
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