Bojangles taps Arby's exec as COO
Apr 25, 2022
April 25, 2022
Bojangles has named senior restaurant executive David Whitaker as COO, overseeing company and franchise operations to drive systemwide sales and growth. Whitaker will join Bojangles on May 2, succeeding Brian Unger, who is retiring after three years at Bojangles and a career in the restaurant business that spans four decades, according to a press release. "I can't say enough about Brian's contributions to Bojangles," Jose Armario, Bojangles CEO, said in the release. "He represents the very best in our industry and has helped our company navigate the past few years with outstanding leadership and dedication. We wish him all the best in his retirement." Prior to Bojangles, Whitaker spent seven years at Inspire Brands, most recently as senior vice president for Arby's largest division, supporting 300 corporate locations and more than 1,000 franchise units. "I am very excited to join Bojangles as COO. I can't think of a better time to be part of this impressive team and help build on all the great work Bojangles is doing today," Whitaker said in the release. "With such an iconic brand and passionate fanbase, Bojangles has a strong foundation to grow in the years to come, and I look forward to working closely with our Ops leaders, franchisees and executive leadership as we endeavor to bring Bojangles to a much wider audience with a sharp focus on providing exceptional service to our guests and great environments for our team members across the system."