Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, which operates under the Einstein Bros. Bagels, Noah's New York Bagels, and Manhattan Bagel brands, announced that Brian Unger, who as chief restaurant officer led company operations for the past two years, is retiring effective July 18, 2013.
The company also announced that as part of its planned executive succession, chief financial officer Manny Hilario will be named chief operations officer, replacing Unger. A search is underway to replace Hilario in his current role.
Jeffrey O’Neill, president and CEO, says, “On behalf of the entire Einstein Noah team, I would like to thank Brian for his many contributions and wish him well with his retirement plans. Brian deserves our recognition for his disciplined approach in building and managing our restaurant operations during his tenure, along with his leadership on a number of key initiatives.”
Hilario assumes the position of COO as part of a planned succession that expanded his responsibility over the past year to include direct operating responsibility for both Einstein Bros. Bagels licensed locations and The Manhattan Bagel franchised restaurants.
In addition to his financial and strategic leadership capabilities, Hilario has extensive operations experience that he has cultivated over the past 25 years in the restaurant business, such as restaurant management and direct operating responsibility, which have been embedded into most of his senior financial roles.
“Manny is a highly respected leader within the Einstein Noah system, not only for his financial expertise, but also as an insightful and results-driven restaurateur,” O’Neill says. “I am pleased to have Manny take on this expanded leadership role, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him as a strategic partner to further strengthen our operations team.”