Shipley Do-Nuts Expands Executive Leadership Team
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Shipley Do-Nuts Expands Executive Leadership Team

New CEO and chief operations officer join the iconic chain

HOUSTON, May 17, 2021 // PRNewswire // - Shipley Franchise Company and Shipley Do-Nut Flour & Supply Co. has expanded its senior leadership team with the addition of new Chief Executive Officer Clifton Rutledge and Chief Operating Officer Hank Simpson.

Rutledge, who formerly served as executive chairman at Shipley, brings more than three decades of top restaurant leadership experience to the company. He previously served as COO at Jack's Family Restaurants, president/CEO at Bojangles Chicken and Biscuits, and COO at Whataburger, in addition to other key roles throughout his career.

Simpson joins Shipley from Panera Bread, where he most recently was senior vice president, chief development and franchise officer.

"Clifton and Hank bring to Shipley impressive track records across numerous restaurant industry leadership roles," said Robert Strauss, a Shipley board member. "Their experience and talent will help drive significant growth in the business through new unit expansion, same-store sales growth and enhanced operations."

"Our team is fully committed to the success of all of our current and future franchisees, guests and communities, and together, we will accelerate Shipley's growth trajectory by continuing to invest in our franchisees' success with industry-leading ingredients, equipment, technology and service," Rutledge said. "I look forward to building on the strong foundation established at Shipley over the last 85 years."

"We have a tremendous group of current franchisee partners, and I look forward to helping drive their success and bring new franchisees into the brand as we seek to further grow our footprint," added Simpson.

Current Shipley President Craig Lindberg remains in his role as a senior member of the leadership team.

SOURCE Shipley Do-Nuts

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