Denver--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quiznos, one of the nation's premier quick service restaurant chains and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, today announced that Clyde Rucker has been named to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Rucker served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and President, Latin America. He will maintain his role as President, Latin America.
"Clyde is an incredible leader who is committed to operations excellence and consistently delivering a gold standard experience in every restaurant," said Dave Deno, President and CEO, Quiznos. "He knows the importance that great operations and strong franchise relations play in building sales. Clyde is dedicated to our mission of improving franchise owner profitability, so we can realize the full potential of our brand."
In this important role, Mr. Rucker will be responsible for field operations and operations services. In addition, he will also continue to be responsible for the Latin American Division, where he and his team have expanded the Quiznos brand with signed and pending agreements in Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador and are moving to establish agreements in Mexico.
"Clyde's appointment is just another example of how we continue to build Quiznos world-class management team under Dave's leadership," said Greg Brenneman, Executive Chairman, Quiznos. "Clyde has very deep operating experience and a true heart for franchise owners and franchise owner profitability. He will bring enormous energy, passion, commitment and expertise to the COO role."
Mr. Rucker joined Quiznos in May 2007, as the Chief Administrative Officer of the company. Prior to Joining Quiznos Clyde spent 12 years with Burger King. During a large part of that time, Clyde served as VP for the central region, managing the operations of over 2,000 restaurants covering 14 states, with approximately $2 billion in annual sales. Before joining Burger King, Mr. Rucker worked with Arby's and KFC, where he successfully fulfilled a variety of roles from operations to new channel development.
"I'm convinced, now more than ever, that Quiznos has an incredible opportunity to expand globally as well as to become an even stronger brand and more profitable enterprise for franchise owners," said Mr. Rucker. "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."
Mr. Rucker has been well recognized for his professional achievements, including being awarded Corporate Executive of the Year-Summer 2005, Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America, Black Professionals Magazine-2005-2006, and Most Influential- Whos Who in Black South Florida. He is also a member of the 100 Black Men of America and holds a seat on the Board of Trustees for Florida Memorial University, a private, historically Black institution with a culturally diverse student body.
Mr. Rucker was educated in Colorado, completing his bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his master's of science degree from Central Michigan University.
Celebrating its 27th anniversary, Denver-based Quiznos is a national chain designed for today's busy consumers who are looking for a tasty, freshly prepared alternative to traditional fast food restaurants. Using only premium quality ingredients, Quiznos restaurants offer creative, chef-inspired recipes for sandwiches, soups and salads. With more than 5,000 franchise restaurants, Quiznos is one of the fastest growing quick service restaurant chains. In December, the Quiznos management team was named the "Best New Class" by QSR Magazine.
In October 2007, Quiznos was recognized for leading the QSR industry in wait time performance by the Mystery Shopping Providers Association's (MSPA) 2007 Wait Time Study. In May 2007, Zagat's consumer surveys listed Quiznos in the top 5 for Top Food, Top Facilities, Top Service and Top Overall, ahead of its direct competitors. In June 2006, Nation's Restaurant News ranked Quiznos in its Top 100 Restaurant Chains as the #1 restaurant chain in growth in number of units--five years in a row. Entrepreneur magazine in January, 2006 ranked Quiznos in its annual Top Franchise 500 as the #2 Best Overall Franchise and QSR magazine ranked the chain in its Top 50 Chains in August, 2005 as #3 by change in system-wide sales.
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