Industry News | October 18, 2012

Quiznos Lands Franchising Pros for CFO, COO Positions

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Quiznos announced the appointment of John Coletta as chief financial officer and James Lyons as chief operating officer.  

"We remain focused on continuing to deliver the best sandwiches while providing franchisees the resources to enable steady sales growth and margin expansion at their locations," says Stuart Mathis, CEO, Quiznos. "Both John and James have extensive experience managing franchise-based operations and I'm confident our franchisees will benefit from their roles on our management team."

Coletta brings a wealth of franchise and restaurant experience to Quiznos. Recently, he spent more than three years as global CFO and then president of Cartridge World, a 1,600-unit, 60-country franchise operation. 

Previously, Coletta served as CFO and executive vice president of Rock Bottom Restaurants for 10 years, operating and franchising the Old Chicago, ChopHouse, and Rock Bottom Brewery brands in 30 states.  

Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Arthur Andersen, where he focused on restaurant and hospitality clients. His experience in franchising spans 30 years, having started his career as the youngest franchisee of the Orange Julius system in the 1980s.

"I am thrilled to join the Quiznos family," Coletta says. "I am passionate about working with franchisees and look forward to working with our network to affect significant change that drives personal success for every Quiznos franchise owner."

Lyons is also a highly accomplished restaurant industry and franchising professional. He most recently served as COO, franchise, and chief development officer for Del Taco, based in Lake Forest, California.  

Prior to that, he was COO at Popeyes. Lyons has held senior management roles for several national and global companies, including Denny's, Domino's, and Burger King.

"Quiznos is a strong brand and I am honored to join the team," Lyons says. "I am excited to work with our franchisees to help them drive operational excellence, sales, and restaurant profitability." 

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