Arby’s CEO Paul Brown Named an EY Entrepreneur of The Year® 2016 Finalist

May 13, 2016 // // ATLANTA – EY announced that Paul Brown, CEO, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of The Year® 2016 Award in the Southeast. Selected by a panel of independent judges, the award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Since joining Arby’s as CEO in May 2013, Brown has successfully led Arby’s growth in a hypercompetitive industry. By operating Arby’s business as a fearless start-up, Brown has helped propel the 52-year-old brand to the forefront of the industry with 22 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth and 13 consecutive quarters of industry outperformance. Arby’s “Fast Crafted™” market positioning – which Brown helped identify – has been instrumental in the Brand’s continued success. “I’m honored to be recognized by EY,” said Brown. “I am constantly inspired by what Arby's more than 75,000 team members and employees accomplish every day, and I am energized by the potential I see in Arby’s. This recognition further reinforces the entire organization’s efforts over the past several years.”

Brown is a member of the board of directors of H&R Block, Inc., Lindblad Expeditions and FOCUS Brands, Inc. He is also active in the Atlanta community, serving on the boards of the Georgia Tech Foundation, The Woodruff Arts Center, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Buckhead Coalition.

Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program recognizes business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Award winners will be announced on June 23, 2016.

About Arby’s

Arby’s, founded in 1964, is the first nationally franchised sandwich restaurant brand, with more than 3,300 restaurants worldwide. The Arby’s brand purpose is “Inspiring Smiles Through Delicious Experiences™.” Arby’s® restaurants feature Fast Crafted™ service, a unique blend of quick-serve speed and value combined with the quality and made-for-you care of fast casual. Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is the parent company of the franchisor of the Arby’s brand and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Visit for more information. With the current growth and momentum of the Brand, Arby’s is actively seeking new franchisees. To learn more about available markets and requirements, visit

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit


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