Applebee’s veteran Elizabeth McGee has been promoted to CEO of Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group, a group of about 20 brunch restaurants operating under the names Ruby Slipper Cafe and Ruby Sunshine.
She joined the company in November as COO after serving as VP of operations for Dine Brands, the franchisor of Applebee’s and IHOP. Previously, she was COO, CFO and VP of human resources for Apple Gold, a large franchisee of Applebee’s.
“Elizabeth’s proven track record of building high performing teams and her operational expertise is the best in the industry, so it was a no-brainer to name her CEO,” Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group Chairman Jack Murphy said in a statement. “We are so blessed to have her passion for people and operations with the company and can’t wait to see what she has in store for Ruby Slipper and Ruby Sunshine.”
“When I first joined Ruby Slipper last year, I immediately knew that this was a place where I wanted to stay,” McGee said in the statement.
She succeeds Peter Gaudreau, who left to pursue other opportunities, according to the restaurant group.
Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group’s two chains operate in six states. Both brands specialize in New Orleans-style brunches, with a high mix of alcoholic beverage sales.
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