Whataburger has hired Debbie Stroud as its new COO and EVP, in accordance to a press launch.

Stroud most not too long ago served as SVP, U.S. retail operations for Starbucks Coffee Corporation. Prior to Starbucks, Stroud used 27 decades with McDonald’s in various roles, in the long run serving as VP and typical supervisor in the U.S. Southeast.

“I’m so fired up that Debbie will be our new COO. She brings 30 years of superior-effects leadership in the restaurant industry to Whataburger,” Ed Nelson, Whataburger president and CEO, claimed in the press release. “Her experience leading functions in a time of accelerated growth will definitely profit our brand name as we continue to increase throughout 15 states and deliver daring flavors, incredible hospitality and meaningful communities in our 930-in addition destinations. She has a good vitality and passion all around connecting with men and women and building terrific teams, and I know our 51,000 household members are likely to reward from her know-how.”

“There is anything actually exclusive about Whataburger. It is really a relatives-launched, beloved model with a potent legacy and a wildly loyal enthusiast base — and it is in a definitely remarkable section of expansion,” Stroud mentioned in the pres launch. “There is amazing satisfaction amid the Whataburger household associates and in the brand’s fresh new, large high quality produced-to-get food stuff. I am energized to add in a way that enhances the society of satisfaction, treatment and appreciate by means of the encounter for both family members customers and clients.”

Strand will report to Nelson and will be section of the senior leadership crew.

Whataburger operates much more than 900 destinations across 15 states.