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McAlister’s Deli promotes operations VP to chief brand officer

Mike Freeman has been with the Focus Brands fast casual for 13 years.
McAlister's Deli
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McAlister’s Deli has promoted its VP of operations to chief brand officer, the fast casual’s parent company, Focus Brands, announced Tuesday.

Mike Freeman has been with the chain for 13 years, starting out as an assistant general manager at a McAlister’s Deli in Louisiana. Since then, he has held a variety of leadership roles in operations and training.

Mike Freeman, Focus Brands

Mike Freeman, McAlister's Deli chief brand officer. Photo courtesy Focus Brands

Freeman has 25 years of foodservice industry experience and has also worked at casual and fine-dining concepts.

“He is known for advancing his team members and leveraging company restaurants to create strong community relationships,” Focus Brands said in a statement.

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