Arby’s has named Greg Vojnovic to the newly created position of chief development officer, effective Sept. 8, the company announced Monday.
In his new role, Vojnovic—who held the same position at Popeyes for eight years—will be responsible for attracting new franchisees, as well as leading the construction and remodeling process among current franchise and company-owned restaurants.
“Arby’s is in growth mode and I can’t think of a better candidate to take the helm of our development than Greg,” Arby’s CEO Paul Brown said. “As franchising demand accelerates, I’m looking forward to working with Greg to build and remodel Arby’s restaurants among both new and existing franchisees.”
Last summer, Atlanta-based Arby’s introduced its “Inspire” restaurant format, which is being adopted in both remodeled and newly constructed restaurants. The updated design features renewed materials, subway tiling, wood tones and internally illuminated signage. The company says it expects to open at least 60 new restaurants this year and remodel 160 others.
“I’m excited about the new opportunity at Arby’s,” Vojnovic said. “There is so much energy and momentum at Arby’s right now and I’m looking forward to being part of the executive team that guides the brand to further growth.”
Arby’s saw comp sales rise 7.6 percent year over year during the second quarter of 2015, a result of momentum gained by its recent “We Have The Meats” marketing campaign and other customer-outreach efforts.