Leading Franchise Supplier FranConnect Names Chris Sotudeh as Senior Vice President of Customer Operations
March 13, 2019 // Franchising.com // Reston, VA - FranConnect, the leading provider of franchise management solutions, announces the hiring of Chris Sotudeh as Senior Vice President of Customer Operations. He will be in the forefront of leading FranConnect’s customer solutions, education, and advocacy programs, as well as India-based customer support operations.
Among franchise software suppliers, FranConnect’s market leadership is unparalleled. More than a CRM tool, FranConnect’s simple, fast to deploy, user-friendly platform is designed specifically for the franchise industry; a distinct advantage over other well-known enterprise CRM applications.
FranConnect offers innovative, proven technology products and solutions that support the key metrics of growing a successful franchise brand, including selling and expanding new franchisees, improving unit operations and performance, supporting franchisee engagement, growing revenue streams, ensuring brand consistency, and ultimately driving the rapid expansion and penetration of the brand - all on a 100% cloud-based platform hosted to scale on AWS.
Chris Sotudeh has over 20 years of service leadership experience in management consulting, professional services, and customer success. He has effectively collaborated with enterprise clients and stakeholders across many verticals including retail, hospitality, financial services, high-tech, telecommunications, and health care.
“We are very fortunate to have a services leader of Chris Sotudeh’s caliber join our team,” said Gabby Wong, FranConnect President. “Chris brings unprecedented strategic consulting, analytics, and performance management experience. His presence helps us maximize and grow our customer experience program and reach new levels of service performance and customer value – something we are dedicated to.”
“I’m very excited to join FranConnect with their strong focus on providing customers with a positive experience and proven outcomes,” said Sotudeh. “As a leader in franchise management solutions, FranConnect is uniquely positioned to provide organizations with the needed capabilities that drive growth and scalability. I’m looking forward to supporting our customers in a long-term partnership with innovative products and service excellence.”
Sotudeh previously held customer success leadership roles with MicroStrategy, Clarabridge, and Deloitte. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science in the same discipline from Johns Hopkins University.
“We’re excited to welcome aboard, Chris. Our leadership team is one of the strengths of our business and provides us with the ability to continue to set the standard in the franchise vendor industry,” said Wong.
Entrepreneur Magazine’s No. 1 franchise software supplier, FranConnect provides management solutions to more than 700 brands and 140,000 franchisees including multi-unit operators and area developers. Customers rely on FranConnect to grow the number of units and make them more successful. Only FranConnect comes with Franchising Built-In™ - exclusive functionality and best practices for the entire lifecycle - so franchisors can more effectively manage, track, and run their business.