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“Johnny Rockets is poised for growth through development of new 'express' concept restaurants and strategic partners such as Six Flags,” said Chris Ainley, chairman, The Johnny Rockets Group, Inc. “With his extensive background in the restaurant industry and proven track record, Lee is perfectly suited to take on the leadership of Johnny Rockets and we are thrilled to have him on board.”
A senior executive with outstanding success in franchise development, distributor networks, operations management and building and leading teams in start-up, turnaround, growth, and Fortune 500 environments, Sanders most recently served more than five years as the senior vice president of development and franchising for Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings. While there, he led the national rollout of the casual dining restaurant chain with more than 465 units and implemented a strategy that continues to allow Buffalo Wild Wings to achieve their objective of more than 1,000 units.
“Johnny Rockets is a great brand, and I'm anxious to work with both the executive team and our existing franchisees on the growth opportunities ahead,” said Sanders.