Just Salad and Playa Bowls name new executives

Executive Summary: A roundup of high-level job changes in the restaurant business includes a new board member at Golden State Foods.
Nicolle DuBose and Matt Silverman
Nicolle DuBose and Matt Silverman. | Photos courtesy of Playa Bowls and Just Salad

Executive Summary

Matt Silverman has been named chief technology officer for Just Salad. Silverman has been with the New York-based salad chain since 2008—he was the third corporate employee—and was chief information officer until 2012. He then spent a decade with companies such as Nutritionix, Syndigo and Yakoa developing products and data solutions, and has returned to Just Salad.

He is credited with pioneering Just Salad's first-generation online ordering system and call center app. As CTO, Silverman plans to further advance the chain’s digital capabilities, including mobile ordering and delivery, in-restaurant technology and customer engagement.

Nicolle DuBose has been named CMO of Playa Bowls. She replaces Playa Bowl’s co-founder Abby Taylor, who will move to a chief branding officer role.

DuBose served previously as vice president and head of marketing for Schlotzsky’s at Focus Brands. Before that, she worked with Focus Brands’ Carvel,Cinnabon and Moe’s Southwest Grill brands. Playa Bowls has more than 200 locations in 22 states.

Golden State Foods (GSF) has named Brian Dick, who serves as president and chief executive officer, to the GSF Board of Directors. Dick was promoted to president and CEO of the produce supplier in late July. In the roles, he provides strategic leadership and vision for all worldwide activities. He joined the company in 1999 as the business development manager for GSF Egypt. He also serves on the U.S. Board of Governors for GS1, a non-profit information standards organization.

Angry Chickz has appointed Mike LaRue to the role of vice president of franchise development. He brings over 20 years of experience to the role. In the past, he has successfully launched franchise systems for multiple brands.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Mike to our team and begin our next phase of expansion,” said Angry Chickz founder and CEO David Mkhitaryan, in a statement. “Mike’s extensive experience and commitment to driving growth align perfectly with our vision for Angry Chickz. Together, we’re excited to bring the life changing hot chicken to new communities and offer a taste of our unique flavors and unmatched customer service.”

Also this week, Papa Johns appointed two new board members. John Garratt, former president of Dollar General, and Stephen Gibs, former chief accounting officer with The Home Depot, have joined its board.

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