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DALLAS – The Wingstop board of directors announced today that Charles Morrison has been named president and chief executive officer of the firm. Morrison replaces James Flynn, who becomes executive chairman of the board.
Morrison brings more than 20 years of restaurant experience to the position, and most recently served as president and chief executive officer at Pizza Inn Holdings. Prior to Pizza Inn, Morrison was president of Steak and Ale and The Tavern Restaurants for Metromedia Restaurant Group. He has held management positions at Kinko's, Boston Market and Pizza Hut.
As CEO, Morrison will be responsible for the overall strategy and development of the brand.
Under the guidance of new chairman James Flynn, the chain grew to 515 locations in 34 states and Mexico. The company has experienced eight consecutive years of same store sales increases. The franchisor was acquired by Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group in 2010.
"Charlie will be the perfect addition to the Wingstop team," said Flynn. "He brings experience, drive and talent to a concept that is one of the top fast casual brands in the country. Our success can be traced back to the commitment of our franchise Brand Partners, dedicated corporate staff and the hard work of all our employees who are in the restaurants saucing and tossing wings every day. We continue to make history, and with Charlie and our executive team, I know we will reach our goal of 1,000 locations and beyond."