Scott Bergren is a veteran of the restaurant industry. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of YUM! Brands’ (NYSE: YUM) Pizza Hut brand and business, including substantial franchising experience of both international and domestic businesses.
He has extensive experience with strategic initiatives, including: implementing strategic menu pricing, refranchising company restaurants to shift capital responsibilities away from the brand, creating programs to improve restaurant building costs and returns, and re-imagining supply chain through better bidding process and smarter sourcing.
Mr. Bergren currently sits on the boards of the Wawa chain of inspired convenience stores, and La Quinta Holdings, the owner, operator and franchisor of select-service hotels.
Sam Rovit is a proven executive leader and strategist, with over 20 years of experience in the food services industry building and leading consumer retail brands, and managing and servicing complex manufacturing supply chains.
Since October 2015, Mr. Rovit has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CTI Foods, a leading independent provider of custom food solutions to major chain restaurants and manufacturers in North America.
He has previously served in leadership positions at Kraft Foods, Swift & Company and Bain & Company. He is co-author of Mastering the Merger, HBS Press 2004.
Lee Sanders has deep restaurant industry knowledge and field operations expertise, having held various senior executive roles with outstanding success in franchise development, distributor networks and operations management, including previously serving in such a role at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Since January 2015, he has served as the Managing General Partner at Rocket Chicks, LP, directing development and operation of Golden Chick restaurants and the sale of franchises for more than 80 franchised Golden Chick locations in Houston and Beaumont.
Mr. Sanders has significant experience building and leading teams at start-up, turnaround, growth and Fortune 500 companies. He has previously held leadership roles at TGI Fridays and Johnny Rockets Group, Inc.
Mick McGuire is the Founder and Managing Partner of Marcato Capital Management. Based in San Francisco, Marcato manages a select number of passive and activist investments across all industries with a primary focus on opportunities in middle-market public equities.
Mr. McGuire has spent his entire career in private and public equity investing. Prior to forming Marcato in 2010, he was a partner at Pershing Square Capital Management.