DALLAS — Aslam Khan has been named chief executive officer of TGI Fridays. He succeeds John Antioco, who has served as interim c.e.o. since Robert Palleschi left the company late last year.
Mr. Khan is founder and chairman of multi-brand franchise company Falcon Holdings L.L.C., which he founded in partnership with Sentinel Capital Partners, a majority shareholder in TGI Fridays. Westlake, Texas-based Falcon Holdings operates Church’s Chicken, Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr., Long John Silver’s, A&W Restaurants and Piccadilly restaurants.
Mr. Khan will remain an owner of Falcon, which has grown to operate more than 500 restaurants since its inception in 1999 and has become Church’s Chicken’s largest franchisee.
In his new role at TGI Fridays, Mr. Khan said he will work with Stephanie Perdue, who joined the company as chief marketing officer from Taco Bell in February, to refine TGI Fridays’ menu and marketing message.
“TGI Fridays is an authentic, one-of-a-kind brand with a distinctive market position,” Mr. Khan said. “I am looking forward to working closely with Fridays’ talented management team and franchisees, and focusing on continuously improving our operations, championing innovation, and pursuing our mission of providing our guests an excellent experience.”TGI Fridays is a casual dining restaurant based in Dallas, Texas, that operates more than 900 restaurants in 61 countries.