August 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) today announced that it has hired Greg Vojnovic as Chief Development Officer, a newly created position reporting to Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
The appointment comes on the heels of Arby’s continued business momentum. In addition to a Brand revitalization effort that introduced the new “Meatcraft” marketing campaign, Arby’s recently announced its 19th consecutive quarter of same-store sales growth. Further, the brand is spurring development and remodeling within its company and franchise-owned restaurants at an accelerated pace.
“Arby’s is in growth mode and I can’t think of a better candidate to take the helm of our Development than Greg,” said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. “As franchising demand accelerates, I’m looking forward to working with Greg to build and remodel Arby’s restaurants among both new and existing franchisees.”
Vojnovic joins Arby’s from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. where he served as Chief Development Officer for eight years and consistently opened more than 100 new company and franchise restaurants per year. Vojnovic returns to Arby’s after a 20-year hiatus as he worked for the brand in the 1990’s. Vojnovic holds a degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. He will join the Arby’s team effective September 8.
“I’m excited about the new opportunity at Arby’s,” Vojnovic said. “There is so much energy and momentum at Arby’s right now and I’m looking forward to being part of the executive team that guides the brand to further growth.”
In his new role, Vojnovic will be responsible for attracting new franchisees, as well as spearheading the construction and remodeling process among current franchise and company-owned restaurants. Last year, Arby’s introduced a new Inspire restaurant format, which is being adopted in both remodeled and newly constructed restaurants. Arby’s expects to open more than 60 new restaurants this year and remodel 160 others. On average, Arby’s remodeled restaurants are experiencing sustained sales increases of approximately 15 percent with some experiencing increases of 20 percent or more.
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 delivers on its purpose by celebrating the art of Meatcraft™ with a variety of high-quality proteins paired with crave-able sides, such as Curly Fries and Jamocha shakes. 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 franchisor of the Arby’s brand and is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Visit Arbys.com for more information or socially connect with Arby’s at: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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 DiscoverArbys.com.