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Focus Brands Strengthens Leadership Team with New Chief People Officer, Restaurant Category President

ATLANTA (April 20, 2021) – Focus Brands®, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAlister’s Deli® and Schlotzsky’s®, today announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

“We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization,” said Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. “As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward.”

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division. In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master’s degree from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister’s Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister’s Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe’s expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants. During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Michigan. 

About Focus Brands
Atlanta-based Focus Brands is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. FOCUS Brands, through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 6,000 restaurants, cafes, ice cream shoppes, and bakeries in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and over 50 foreign countries under the brand names Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAlister’s Deli®, and Schlotzsky’s®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

Contact:
Angie Champsaur
Director of Corporate Communications, FOCUS Brands
achampsaur@focusbrands.com

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Focus Brands Adds Supply Chain Executive

Newly created role to drive efficiencies and cost savings for brand franchisees and company

ATLANTA (April 14, 2021) – Focus Brands®, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAlister’s Deli® and Schlotzsky’s®, today announced the addition of Will Costello as vice president of Procurement in the company’s Supply Chain division. In this newly created role, he is responsible for all sourcing and procurement efforts for Focus Brands globally to enable all brands to maximize the value with distributors and suppliers.

“Procurement is perhaps one of the most critical functions in the restaurant industry and we are excited to welcome Will to the team to strengthen our supply chain for our brand franchisees and company,” said Anissa Mandell, senior vice president of Focus Brands Supply Chain. “Will’s thought leadership and experience will be instrumental in helping us architect our new category management model as we create a best-in-class supply chain organization.”

With nearly 30 years in supply chain, Will has been a trusted consultant and has served in various leadership roles in purchasing and distribution across the food and beverage industry. Prior to joining Focus Brands, he served as president and CEO for Executive Supply Chain Business Consulting, where he provided supply chain, business development, commodity risk management and complex negotiation contracting strategies to restaurant operating companies, distributors and redistributors, as well as foodservice manufacturers. Additional leadership roles in the supply chain industry includes IPC, the independent SUBWAY® franchisee-owned and operated purchasing cooperative; International Dairy Queen; and RSI, the Burger King supply chain cooperative. He has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.

About Focus Brands
Atlanta-based Focus Brands is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. FOCUS Brands, through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 6,000 restaurants, cafes, ice cream shoppes, and bakeries in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and over 50 foreign countries under the brand names Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAlister’s Deli®, and Schlotzsky’s®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.

Contact:
Angie Champsaur
Director of Corporate Communications, FOCUS Brands
achampsaur@focusbrands.com