Industry News | January 15, 2010

Chop't Gains New, Qualified Board Member

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Chop’t Creative Salad Company, the leader of the premium salad segment, announced today that it has appointed veteran restaurant industry analyst and investment banker Janice Meyer to its board of directors.

Janice Meyer brings more than 20 years of experience in equity research and investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley. Meyer has worked with numerous high-profile companies including McDonald’s Corporation, Yum! Brands, Darden Restaurants Inc., and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. She also serves on the board of EMN8, a leading supplier of self-service solutions to the restaurant industry. Meyer has been recognized as a leader in the space by Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and Wall Street Week. Additionally, Institutional Investor Magazine consistently ranked her as a top analyst throughout her career.

“Janice injects our board with a wealth of experience and knowledge of all phases of restaurant growth,” says Nick Marsh, executive chairman. “Her track record as a thought leader in the restaurant industry is unparalleled, and we are excited to be working with her.”

“I’ve followed the growth of Chop’t and applaud the focus and care with which Nick and the management team has steadily grown the business,” Meyer says. “This is an exciting time for the company as they prepare to accelerate their growth.”

Meyer adds an additional perspective to the board of directors of Chop’t that already includes Colin McCabe and Tony Shure, Chop’t co-founders; Nick Marsh, formerly a founder, co-president, and chief operating officer of Cosi Inc.; and Lars Munson, partner at the hedge fund, Manatuck Hill.