Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Adds Former Krispy Kreme Executive as CFO

by Katie Lee

Charlotte, N.C. — Firebirds Wood Fired Grill has appointed Caren Prince as chief financial officer. Prince, who formerly held executive roles at both Krispy Kreme and Mars Inc., succeeds now-retired Firebirds CFO Christopher Olson.

Earlier this year, Firebirds was acquired and re-capitalized by Garnett Station Partners, a New York-based principal investment firm that manages over $2 billion of assets. The award-winning restaurant concept operates 58 restaurants in 20 states and has aggressive growth plans, which Prince’s strategic financial expertise will help fuel.

“Caren brings a brilliant and unique perspective to Firebirds, stemming from her extensive experience leading financial strategy for iconic consumer brands, both in the States and abroad. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team and work together as Firebirds continues to grow our guest base and enhance our dining options,” says Steve Kislow, Firebirds CEO and president. “We appreciate Chris Olson’s numerous contributions to Firebirds over the past several years and his outstanding leadership during this transition. We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

Prince spent 20 years with Mars Inc., where she held various leadership roles in the United Kingdom before moving stateside with the organization, ultimately serving as CFO of the concept’s Retail Group, where she oversaw flagship M&Ms World stores, My M&MS e-commerce and B2B operations. Most recently, Prince served as CFO of Charlotte, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme, supporting the rapid growth and transformation of the fresh doughnut business, where she scaled both the team and the business to support accelerated expansion and increasing complexity of operations.

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