FAT Brands Strengthens Leadership Team, Including 2 New Brand Presidents

by Katie Lee

Los Angeles — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. has elevated Jenn Johnston to the role of chief marketing officer. Since the acquisition of Global Franchise Group in July 2021, Johnston has held the role of president of the quick-service division at FAT Brands, overseeing brands including Round Table Pizza, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery and Pretzelmaker. With the promotion, Allison Lauenstein and David Pear will assume brand president roles.

Lauenstein will serve as brand president of Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery and Pretzelmaker. She brings over a decade of experience working with the respective brands, having previously served as executive vice president of brand operations and marketing at Global Franchise Group. Prior to joining Global Franchise Group, Lauenstein spent 13 years at Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins Brands.

With over 20 years of strategic and operational restaurant leadership experience, Pear will assume the role of brand president at Round Table Pizza. He most recently served as vice president of strategic initiatives at Desert De Oro Foods, a multi-unit franchise organization with 360 restaurants, including Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Whataburger, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Dave’s Hot Chicken. Prior to that, Pear served as senior vice president of operations at Del Taco. He also brings experience from his time at Yum! Brands’ Taco Bell and Domino’s Pizza.

“As FAT Brands continues to evolve and grow, we saw an opportunity to expand Jenn’s role to impact the larger organization,” says Thayer Wiederhorn, chief operating officer of FAT Brands. “Her unique marketing and operations background will enable us to develop impactful campaigns that increase brand visibility and drive profitable sales across our 17 concepts. We are also pleased to welcome Allison and David to the team. Allison has a great track record with Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery and Pretzelmaker. We expect a seamless integration into her new role and immediate value to the brands. On the other hand, David brings exciting insights from his outside experience, which we also expect will bring immediate results. We are fortunate to have them both join our talented management team.”

FAT Brands is a leading global franchising company that strategically acquires, markets and develops fast-casual, quick-service, casual dining and polished casual-dining concepts around the world. The company currently owns 17 restaurant brands and franchises and owns over 2,300 units worldwide. For more information, visit www.fatbrands.com.





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