Auburn, Ala. — Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only Southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, has named Marianna Magee as director of marketing and Jon Musser as director of supply chain. These additions to the brand’s rapidly growing corporate team come on the heels of the promotions of longstanding leaders Jim Thompson, Terry McKee, Tom Carr, Mary Lou Atkins and Carrie Evans in August. Chicken Salad Chick, which now has more than 175 locations in 17 states, has opened 34 new locations year-to-date, with four more projected to open before the end of 2020.
“With all this year has brought, we feel incredibly fortunate that we’re able to continue growing our brand and bring on best-in-class leaders to help support our vision for future growth,” says Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick. “Marianna and Jon are two talented and well-experienced individuals that exemplify the caliber of people taking our brand to new heights. We couldn’t be more thrilled to add them to our team and know that they will make numerous contributions to Chicken Salad Chick and our network of franchise owners in the exciting years to come.”
Magee is a seasoned brand leader with more than 15 years of experience in integrated marketing and has a proven track record of delivering impactful strategies that build sales and profitability. She has spent most of her career working for nationally-recognized restaurant franchise brands such as Popeye’s, Arby’s and Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits.
Musser will formalize the supply chain function and be in charge of managing all aspects, including contract management, procurement, logistics, distribution, forecasting, demand planning and more. Previously, Musser was with The Honey Baked Ham Company for 15 years where he held various roles, most recently serving as the brand’s senior supply chain manager, a position he held since 2005.
Chicken Salad Chick has grown exponentially in recent years, more than quadrupling in size since 2016. At the beginning of this year, the brand recorded 2019 as the most successful year in its company history, opening 40 new restaurants, achieving 16 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth and seeing a 40.1% and 38.5% increase in systemwide sales and unit count, respectively. This impressive growth and year-over-year results attracted prominent private equity firm Brentwood Associates, which acquired Chicken Salad Chick from Eagle Merchant Partners in November 2019. Chicken Salad Chick aims to have 500 locations open and operating by the end of 2025.
Founded by Stacy Brown in Auburn, Ala., in 2008, Chicken Salad Chick serves full-flavored, Southern-style chicken salad made from scratch. Today, under the leadership of Scott Deviney and the Chicken Salad Chick team, the brand has more than 175 restaurants in 17 states. For more information, visit www.chickensaladchick.com.
SOURCE: Chicken Salad Chick