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BurgerFi adds to its C-suite to smooth Anthony’s acquisition

The operator on Monday said its new chief people officer, chief development officer and chief legal officer would work for both the fast-casual burger chain and the newly acquired Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings full-service concept.
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BurgerFi on Monday added three new executives to its c-suite, noting that the trio will perform duties for both the fast-casual burger chain and for its newly acquired full-service brand, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings.

“We are building a multi-brand platform powerhouse to kick off the new year and having the right talent in place is a critical step to achieve that goal,” Ophir Sternberg, BurgerFi’s executive chairman, said in a statement.

The new executives are: Michelle Zavolta, chief people officer; Ron Biskin, chief development officer; and Stefan Schnopp, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. The company also hired Nadia Cronk SVP of marketing.

Zavolta previously worked at Anthony’s, as well as Logan’s Roadhouse. She will focus on diversity and inclusion efforts for the company, as well as recruiting and retaining employees. “The pandemic made us pause and reflect on the need to create a value proposition beyond compensation,” Zavolta said in a statement.

Biskin comes to BurgerFi after holding a number of executive posts at brands including TGI Fridays, Burger King and Wolfgang Puck. He developed a new bistro concept and more than 1,000 new restaurant units for Puck.

Schnopp has worked as VP and corporate secretary for Sprint Corporation. Cronk previously led marketing for Anthony’s.

“I am encouraged by the opportunities that lie ahead from the Anthony’s acquisition and impressed by the speed of execution our refreshed management team is preparing Anthony’s for integration into the BurgerFi system to begin realizing synergies,” Sternberg said.

BurgerFi completed its acquisition of Anthony’s in November, paying about $157 million to L Catterton for the 61-unit casual dining chain. The company has said it is its first acquisition under its plan of becoming a multi-brand platform.

 

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