Noodles & Co. has hired Carl Lukach as its chief financial officer, effective at the end of the month, the chain announced Monday.
Lukach, who most recently spent four years as the vice president of finance at lifestyle brand Equinox, replaces Ken Kuick who resigned in August to “pursue other business interests.”
At Equinox, Lukach oversaw finance, treasury, tax, strategic planning, financial operations, investor management and capital fund raising. He previously worked in finance at Abercrombie & Fitch and, before that, served as an investment banker with Credit Suisse.
“This is a brand that puts guests and community first, and with a strong strategy and omnichannel consumer approach, the potential for growth and value creation is tremendous,” Lukach said in a statement.
Lukach’s experience with lifestyle brands will help the Brookfield, Colo.-based chain with “advancing our financial roadmap and leading Noodles to realize its vast potential,” CEO Dave Boennighausen said in a statement.
The fast-casual chain struggled early in the pandemic, with same-store sales down in the double digits. Noodles’ Q3 same-store sales climbed to negative 3.8%.