MINNEAPOLIS (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Buffalo Wild Wings(R) (NASDAQ: BWLD) is pleased to announce the promotion of two members of its leadership team to the position of Executive Vice President. Kathy Benning has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Brand Development, and Judy Shoulak to Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Human Resources.
In this expanded role, Ms. Benning will drive Buffalo Wild Wings' global marketing and brand strategy as it considers options for expansion outside the United States. Ms. Shoulak's responsibilities will expand to again include Human Resources, which she had overseen earlier in her career at Buffalo Wild Wings.
"Both Kathy and Judy have been instrumental in the growth of Buffalo Wild Wings and these promotions are a well-deserved way to recognize their outstanding performance," said Sally Smith, president and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings. "As we evaluate opportunities for international expansion, we will continue to look to Kathy and Judy for their contributions and leadership in their areas of expertise."
Ms. Benning joined the Buffalo Wild Wings team in 1997 as Vice President of Marketing and was promoted in 2002 to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Development, where she became responsible for multiple functional areas including Marketing, Advertising, Media, Design, R&D, and Public Relations. Ms. Shoulak joined the Company in 2001 as Vice President of Human Resources and has built a strong track record of developing high-performing teams thanks to her ability to align individual strengths into teams that can drive results.
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including Buffalo-style chicken wings spun in one of 14 signature sauces. Buffalo Wild Wings is an inviting neighborhood destination with widespread appeal and is the recipient of dozens of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently 652 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 42 states.
SOURCE: Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.