Zaxby’s on Tuesday announced the hiring of the fast casual’s first chief supply chain officer in the company’s 31-year history.
The promotion of Keith Anderkin comes when restaurants across the country are facing historic supply chain challenges and accelerating food costs.
Anderkin started with the Athens, Ga.-based chicken finger chain in June 2020 as vice president of supply chain and quality assurance. Since then, he has developed a team to work on new store development as well as category management.
“My goal is to help lay the foundation for a world-class supply chain that will sustain Zaxby’s mission for years to come to support growth and help establish Zaxby’s as a franchisor of choice,” Anderkin said in a statement.
The industry vet comes to the chain after working for restaurant brands such as Long John Silver’s, Arby’s and Fazoli’s.
During his time with Zaxby’s, Anderkin lead the supply chain team “to keep Zaxby’s strong during challenging times,” the company said in its announcement.
“Keith always shows up as a servant leader and is a very positive influence within the organization, constantly striving to develop and mentor his team,” Zaxby’s COO David Waters said in a statement. “His ability to foster relationships with vendors and franchisees is key to maintaining the culture of the Zaxby’s brand.”