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United States Beef Corporation (US Beef), Arby’s largest franchisee, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, announced several executive management changes that reflects its expansion, and provides leadership continuity to meet its plans for further growth. US Beef’s new management team includes one of the most experienced senior management teams in the restaurant industry.
Jeff Davis, co-owner, will transition from his current role as CEO and will serve the organization as its Chairman. Mr. Davis has served US Beef as its CEO since 1995. Mr. Davis started in the Arby’s restaurant business with his father, Bob Davis, in 1969. He is also the chairman of the Arby’s Franchise Association, and will be taking on additional responsibilities in 2015 with the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the largest food service trade association in the world.
John Davis, co-owner and a 39-year veteran of the restaurant industry, has been promoted from president to chief executive officer. Mr. Davis began his career with US Beef in 1975 as a restaurant crew member, and during his career has held every position in Arby’s restaurant operations. He has been responsible for the acquisition, construction, and development of hundreds of Arby’s restaurants in the US Beef footprint across 8 states.
Brett Pratt, chief financial officer, has been promoted to president of the company. Mr. Pratt has the distinction of being the fourth president of US Beef and the first since the company’s inception who isn’t a family member of the Davis owned business. Mr. Pratt has served US Beef as its chief financial officer since 1995, and has worked for the Davis family as a financial consultant for more than 30 years. He is also the chairman of the ARCOP Board, Arby’s purchasing cooperative, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lori Pumphrey, vice president Finance, has been promoted to chief financial officer. Mrs. Pumphrey began her career with US Beef in 1995, and has been directly responsible for developing the accounting and financial business tools for managing the business operations. She was promoted in 2004 to vice president of finance, and has provided leadership guidance throughout her career.
Bo Davis has been promoted from vice president of operations, to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Davis began his career with US Beef in operations in 2005. As COO, he will be responsible for the recruitment, training, and retention of the 7,000+ workforce in the US Beef system, with a special emphasis on management development for US Beef’s 323 Arby’s restaurants, and the 6 Taco Bueno franchise restaurants US Beef owns and operates in Northwest Arkansas.
“Taking on added responsibilities with the NRA, coupled with the growth initiatives we have at US Beef, including construction of 68 new Arby’s restaurants between now and 2020, this was the ideal time to make these promotion announcements,” Jeff Davis says. “This executive management group has been with me for decades. They know our business and our culture, and their contribution to our growth over the years is significant. They will continue to inspire innovation and best practices in our restaurants that will serve our guests for decades to come