Rian McCartan named CEO of drive-thru beverage chain Swig

The former See’s Candy exec will lead the "dirty soda" brand in its next phase of growth.
The Swig beverage chain has about 45 units in five states./Photo courtesy of Swig.

Former See’s Candy executive Rian McCartan has been named CEO of the Utah-based “dirty soda” chain Swig, the company said Thursday.

Previously the vice president of global retail and real estate for the iconic Los Angeles-based chocolate company See’s, McCartan has also held leadership positions with American Eagle Outfitters, Williams-Sonoma Inc. and Skechers U.S.A.

Based in Lehi, Utah, Swig is a 45-unit drive-thru beverage-and-snack concept that is part of the Savory Fund management group. Swig was founded in 2010 by Nicole Tanner, who previously held the role of CEO. The chain has become known for dirty soda, which is a trend of mixing fountain drinks with various syrups, creams and toppings and served over pebble ice.

“I am thrilled to have Rian McCartan as our new CEO,” Tanner said in a statement. “We were looking for someone who would mix in well with our energetic culture and who was also willing to work alongside the team in our stores where all the magic happens. Rian is a perfect fit! With his driven leadership, amazing experience, and exceptional care, Rian will help lead Swig to our next level of success.”

Andrew Smith, managing director and co-founder of Savory Fund, said the vote for McCartan was unanimous.

“Rian is a branding expert who truly understands the guest experience. He has a love for fast-growing businesses, which he experienced with Skechers, Tecovas, and See’s Candy,” Smith said in a statement. “With the growth Swig is going to experience in the coming years, we are excited to learn from Rian and watch his leadership further develop this great brand.”

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