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Focus Brands hires Brendan Berg as SVP of operations

The former Church’s Chicken executive will fill the role formerly held by Focus’ restaurant President Shelley Harris.
Brendan Berg
Berg spent more than eight years at Church's before joining Focus Brands. / Photo courtesy of Focus Brands

Focus Brands, the parent of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon and five other brands, has hired former Church’s Chicken exec Brendan Berg as SVP of restaurant operations.

He will be in charge of operations across Focus’ restaurant concepts with an emphasis on improving efficiency, profitability and the guest experience.

He fills a role formerly held by Shelley Harris, who was promoted in August to president of Focus’ restaurant brands.

"As a seasoned executive in the QSR industry, Brendan brings a wealth of knowledge and a track record of success to Focus Brands," Harris said in a statement. "We're confident that his ability to lead high-performing teams and achieve operational excellence across our family of brands will play a vital role in our continued successful journey forward."

Berg spent more than eight years at Church’s, most recently as SVP of U.S. franchise services and global operations. Before that, he spent more than 15 years at Burger King, where he was involved mainly with employee training and development.

Atlanta-based Focus franchises and operates more than 6,400 restaurants worldwide under the Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli and Schlotzsky’s brands.

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