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GameWorks names Jonathan Tang CFO

Darren Des Roches was named COO and Michael Sadowski was named CMO.
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San Francisco-based games-and-food chain GameWorks on Monday named Jonathan Tang its chief financial officer amid a series of executive changes.

Darren Des Roches was named chief operating officer of the seven-unit chain, while Michael Sadowski was named chief marketing officer.

The new executives “possess the necessary background and knowledge needed to grow this company quickly and profitably,” CEO Philip Kaplan said in a statement. He said the three “bring distinct business acumen and niche specialties to their roles, which will prove to be significant as we position GameWorks and our brand for the future.”

Kaplan himself was appointed CEO last fall after ExWorks Capital, one of the chain’s lenders, assumed full ownership of the company. The company is seeking to reestablish growth behind games and esports following years of fits and starts, ownership changes, closing locations, and a bankruptcy filing.

The company has since rolled out a new concept, The Works Kitchen at GameWorks, as it seeks to generate customer enthusiasm.

Tang has more than 25 years of finance and professional services experience, having worked with technology, gaming, social media, and other companies. He had most recently been the chief financial officer and chief compliance officer for investment firm Greenoaks Capital.

Des Roches has worked with GameWorks for the past 15 years and has been senior vice president of operations and area director.

Sadowski has 20 years of marketing, analytics, operations, and finance experience. He had been vice president of operations and general manager for Kelley Blue Book Co.

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