Industry News | January 8, 2015

Krystal Hires Sonic President Janjua as New CEO

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The Krystal Company announced the appointment of Omar Janjua as the company’s president and CEO, effective January 21.  

As CEO, Janjua will oversee the executive team and more than 350 restaurants and 6,000 employees in 11 states. He brings more than 35 years of quick-service restaurant experience to The Krystal Company, having most recently served as president for Sonic Restaurants Inc. and chief operations officer for Sonic Industries. Prior to Sonic, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for The Steak ‘n Shake Company. Before Steak ‘n Shake, Janjua worked for 18 years with YUM! Brands Inc. in its Pizza Hut operations, holding various leadership positions.

"Krystal is a brand with a unique position in the marketplace that enjoys a special relationship with its guests,” Janjua says. "I look forward to working with the team to expand the passion and loyalty that runs so deep in the brand history to a new and widening consumer base.”

Acquired by the Argonne Capital Group in 2012, The Krystal Company is the oldest quick-service restaurant chain in the South and the second oldest in the U.S.

"Argonne’s success is built on investment into proven brands and partnership with leaders who can drive those businesses to further heights,” says Michael Klump, president, CEO, and founder of Argonne Capital. “We are excited to have him as part of our team and know his extensive experience and strategic abilities will help lead The Krystal Company into a period of increased consumer relevance, growth, and profitability.”

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