GPS Hospitality Promotes Team Member to COO of Popeyes and Pizza Hut

Atlanta — GPS Hospitality, one the nation’s largest franchisees of BURGER KING®, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen and Pizza Hut®, has promoted Mike Kovac to chief operating officer for Popeyes and Pizza Hut.

“Mike has been an instrumental part of GPS Hospitality’s growth strategy, having led our team through multiple acquisitions as well as the expansion into the Popeyes and Pizza Hut Brands,” says Michael Lippert, president of GPS Hospitality. “Mike’s natural leadership skills coupled with his experience with Popeyes and Pizza Hut gives him great insight and makes his well deserving of this promotion.”

In his new role, Kovac will continue to provide leadership for the operations teams in more than 80 Popeyes and Pizza Huts restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Kovac’s promotion will allow him to focus on leading these two brands’ teams as well as position GPS Hospitality for further prosperity and expansion opportunities.

A QSR industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Kovac got his start as an assistant manager at Arby’s. He worked his way up through the ranks of RTM Restaurant Group, Arby’s largest franchisee, and went on to become vice president of operations of Wendy’s/Arby’s Restaurant Group. Kovac also achieved successes with Mrs. Winner’s and Church’s Chicken.

Founded in 2012, GPS Hospitality has grown to manage nearly 500 BURGER KING®, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen and Pizza Hut franchise locations nationwide. For more information, visit




SOURCE: GPS Hospitality

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