ATLANTA — Joe Guith has been promoted to brand president of McAlister’s Deli for parent company Focus Brands, Inc. He was most recently brand president of Cinnabon, Inc. for the company.
Mr. Guith joined Focus Brands in 2014 as chief operating officer for Cinnabon and assumed the role of brand president in 2015. Prior to Focus, he was general manger of KFC South Territory for Yum! Brands, Inc. Before that, Mr. Guith spent nearly 10 years with the Coca-Cola Co. in various roles, including vice-president of global business development, vice-president of vending operations, group manager of the global innovation portfolio and group director of global business development.
“We are thrilled to have Joe step into the role as president of McAlister’s and are excited to see him guide the brand through its continued growth,” said Kat Cole, chief operating officer and president of North America for Focus Brands. “Joe’s skills in developing brands, driving businesses forward and leading large franchise systems make him a great fit for this vibrant brand.”
McAlister’s Deli is a fast-casual restaurant chain with more than 400 locations in 28 states. Founded in 1989, McAlister’s is part of Focus Brands’ portfolio, which also includes Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Carvel.