Zaxby’s names KFC veteran as new chief supply chain officer

Carl Mount, most recently with Starbucks, brings deep experience in both supply chain and purchasing to the position.
Zaxby's welcomes Carl Mount as chief supply chain officer. /Photograph: Shutterstock

Athens, Ga.-based Zaxby’s announced the appointment of Carl Mount as chief supply chain officer Tuesday, effective Jan. 17.

Mount comes to the 900-unit chicken chain most recently from Starbucks, where he served as senior vice president for supply chain operations. But he brings extensive experience in the chicken segment, having previously worked as head of supply chain for KFC Global.

Carl Mount

Carl Mount/Photo courtesy of Zaxby's

In his new position, Mount will manage partnerships across the supply chain industry to maximize Zaxby’s franchisee investment.

“Having served in roles both in supply chain and procurement for global brands, Carl will help us optimize solutions that better serve our franchisees, team members and guests for maximum resiliency to supply chain challenges now and in the future,” Bernard Acoca, Zaxby’s CEO, said in a statement. “I am excited to partner with Carl again and begin the new year with a strong leadership team that can continue executing our ambitious goals for growing Zaxby’s in the QSR space.”

Acoca arrived to head the chicken chain one year ago, taking over as CEO from co-founder Zach McLeroy. McLeroy then transitioned to chairman of the company, effective January 2022.

“I am thrilled to be joining Zaxby's at this point in its growth journey,” Mount said. “I met with motivated franchisees and strong experienced leaders which ignited my passion for this brand. Having an opportunity to work with Bernard again was the icing on the cake. Supply chains are volatile and delicate; I look forward to bringing my experience to this team.”

Mount and Acoca previously worked together at Starbucks.

While at KFC, Mount focused on margin improvement and is well known in the industry for his ability to build teams. He has also held positions in manufacturing, logistics, procurement and management across the food and beverage industry, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Yum Brands in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

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