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DENVER (Blue MauMau) - In broadcasting the appointment of Clyde Rucker as its executive vice president and chief operating officer, Quiznos prefaced its announcement with the following statement: "Deep operations expertise and creating a positive culture that promotes success are key attributes Rucker brings to support franchisee profitability."
President Dave Deno said in the announcement that Rucker was dedicated to Quiznos' mission of improving franchise owners profitability, so they can realize the full potential of their brand. "Clyde is an incredible leader who is committed to operations excellence and consistently delivering a gold standard experience in every restaurant. He knows the importance that great operations and strong franchise relations play in building sales."
Rucker joined the toasted sub franchise chain in May 2007, as its chief administrative officer. He is also president of Quiznos' Latin America division and will continue in that role. He joined Quiznos in May 2007, after serving as Burger KIng Corporation's vice president for its central region, managing the operations of over 2,000 restaurants covering 14 states, with approximately $2 billion in annual sales. Prior to that he had worked for Arby's and KFC, in a variety of roles from operations to new channel development.
Greg Brenneman, now chairman of Quiznos after stepping down as its CEO, stated, "Clyde's appointment is just another example of how we continue to build Quiznos' world-class management team under Dave's leadership." Brenneman also came to Quiznos from Burger King, where he served as CEO and chairman. He added, "Clyde has very deep operating experience and a true heart for franchise owners and franchiser owner profitability. He will bring enormous energy, passion, commitment and expertise to the COO role.
Rucker said he was convinced that, now more than ever, Quiznos has an incredible opportunity to expand globally as well as to become an even stronger brand and more profitable enterprise for franchise owners. He stated, "I am excited to bring my experience with and commitment to operations excellence and building a positive culture that encourages success to support Dave and the management team in our drive to take Quiznos to the next level."
The Toasted Subs Franchisee Association did not return phone calls to make comment prior to publishing.