The Krystal Company announced Monday (April 2) that it has hired Paul M. Macaluso as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Macaluso replaces Omar Janjua, now the CEO of 179-unit Taco Bueno—a move announced last week.
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Macaluso comes from FOCUS Brands, where he served as president of McAlister’s Deli. He was promoted to the position in December 2016 after five years with the company. He started as vice president of marketing for Moe’s Southwest Grill and worked his way into a position as senior vice president of brand marketing strategy, leading the collective marketing for the company’s six brands, including Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Moe’s, McAlister’s, and Schlotzsky’s. He was at the helm when McAlister’s opened its 400th unit April 2017 in Cedar Hill, Texas.
“Paul Macaluso is sharp, action-oriented and innovative, making him a great fit for our team at Krystal,” said Michael A. Klump, founder and president of Argonne Capital Group, which owns Krystal along with other multi-unit brands, in a statement. “We’re all looking forward to his winning attitude and his ability to drive outstanding relationships and results.”