Industry News | November 7, 2008

Exec Continues Climb to the Top

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Burgerville, the chain of quick-service restaurants known for its fresh food and commitment to sustainability, appointed Janice Williams as COO today. As COO, Williams will be accountable for restaurant performance and all resources that impact the operation of each of the company’s 39 restaurants in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

This appointment emphasizes Burgerville’s dedication to the development of their people through the company’s training programs. Most recently, Williams led the creation of Burgerville’s Center for Responsible Community Leadership (CRCL) where she redesigned the company’s management curriculum and training programs. As chief talent officer, Williams was responsible for the strategic process of Burgerville’s workforce productivity. Her role included attracting, training and deploying the best talent throughout the company.

“Janice has demonstrated the skills, talents and track record of sustained results through CRCL that are necessary in her new role as COO,” says Jeff Harvey, president and CEO of Burgerville.

Williams joined the company in 1984 and has held the positions of Assistant Manager, General Manager, Portfolio Manager, and Director of Professional Development. As Director of Professional Development, Williams directed all company training including employee, new management, and the assistant and general management programs. She also supervised auditing and certifying training restaurants and running the corporate training facility.