Famous Dave’s Appoints Chief Financial Officer

by Katie Lee

Minneapolis — Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. has appointed Dexter Newman as chief financial officer, effective immediately. He most recently served as vice president and a division CFO at Bloomin’ Brands Inc., a casual dining company with more than 1,400 restaurants in 49 states.

Before Bloomin’ Brands, Newman held numerous roles with Best Buy Co., Inc., most recently serving as senior director and chief financial officer of Best Buy’s Private Brands and Global Sourcing Group.

In his new role, Newman will influence and shape Famous Dave’s operations and transformation strategy. He assumes a number of responsibilities including all aspects of finance, supply chain and information technology.

“We are excited to include Dexter in Famous Dave’s talented new leadership team. He brings extensive senior-executive-level experience, operational and financial discipline, and has a long-time passion for the brand. Dexter has an excellent track record with a best-in-class restaurant operator and we are looking forward to leveraging his experience to both grow Famous Dave’s and improve our margins,” says Adam Wright, Famous Dave’s CEO.

Newman replaces Richard Pawlowski, the company’s outgoing chief financial officer, who joined Famous Dave’s after a previous leadership and strategy change.

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates and franchises barbecue restaurants. The company owns 37 locations and franchises 141 additional restaurants in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, United Arab Emirates and Canada. For more information, visit famousdaves.com.

SOURCE: Famous Dave’s of America, Inc.

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