San Jose, Calif. — Togo's Eateries, LLC has named Glenn Lunde chief concept officer (CCO). Lunde joins Togo's with more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant and retail business. He will lead marketing, brand strategy and concept development for the sandwich chain.
"Glenn has a proven track record of building national franchises into sustainable, profitable operators that achieve long term success. He will be a valuable leader for our brand repositioning and concept development efforts," says Tony Gioia, CEO of Togo's. "I envision Glenn's role expanding over time, and it is my pleasure to welcome Glenn to the Togo's family."
A C-level marketing executive for the past 15 years, Lunde has led restaurant and retail franchises through turnaround situations, market expansions and profitable growth. Before joining Togo's, Lunde served as CMO at Grocery Outlet, a $1.8 billion grocery retailer with over 270 locations, each run by an independent owner-operator. Prior to that, he was CCO at Einstein Noah's Restaurant Group, a 900-unit company where he led menu architecture, culinary innovation, store design and marketing efforts.
Earlier in his career, Lunde served as CMO of Panda Restaurant Group for more than 7 years. His leadership in brand, menu, and concept innovation development helped grow the restaurant chain from 779 units to over 1,500 units. He also served as CMO of Round Table Pizza and vice president of marketing at Taco Bell.
"As a Bay Area native, I've been a huge Togo's fan for decades, and I believe the brand has a ton of untapped potential," says Lunde. "I am excited to work with the Togo's corporate team and franchisees on identifying, testing and pursuing new opportunities."
Togo's was founded in 1971; it currently has more than 300 locations open and under development throughout the West. For more information, visit www.togosfranchise.com.
SOURCE: Togo’s Eateries, LLC