Industry News | October 30, 2012

Whataburger Leaders Move on Up with New Promotions

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Whataburger announced that six executive team members have been promoted to new leadership roles within the company. These individuals previously held leadership roles at Whataburger and will take on expanded duties and responsibilities in each of their respective positions.

Clifton Rutledge, who has served as Whataburger Restaurants chief operations officer, will take on the new role of senior vice president and COO of Whataburger Restaurants.

Dino Del Nano, formerly vice president of business systems and supply chain solutions, will now serve as senior vice president of Whataburger retail.

James Turcotte, previously vice president of properties and facilities, will assume the new role of senior vice president of Whataburger real estate.

Edward E. Nelson, Jr., who held the role of chief financial officer, will take on the new role of senior vice president and chief financial officer of Whataburger retail, restaurants, and real estate.

Michael Gibbs, formerly vice president and general counsel, will now serve as senior vice president and general counsel of Whataburger retail, restaurants, and real estate.

Rich Scheffler, previously group director for marketing and innovation, has been promoted to the role of vice president of marketing and innovation for Whataburger.

Through these executive team promotions, Whataburger aims to continue to explore growth opportunities while still focusing on providing fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service at each of its hometown restaurants.

"We are thrilled about the accomplishments of these exceptional leaders," says Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson. "We look forward to seeing each of them continue to excel in their expanded leadership roles as they help Whataburger move forward in this next phase of growth."