La Madeleine Appoints Senior Director of Franchise Development

by Katie Lee

Dallas — French-founded and French-owned la Madeleine has appointed seasoned industry executive Mark Ramage as senior director of franchise development, effective immediately. The newly appointed executive wants to attract experienced restaurant operators and investors to the brand, with the ambitious goal to sign and develop 50-100 new locations in the next 5 years.

Ramage has more than 20 years of experience in the franchise development industry, with success spearheading development strategy, sales and real estate across multiple franchise restaurant and quick service brands. He has held leadership titles at a variety of restaurant brands including Wingstop, Twin Peaks and, most recently, Chicken Guy.

“Mark is a strong business leader and strategist who brings an impressive background with milestone accomplishments from previous leadership roles,” says Christine Johnson, CEO of la Madeliene. “As we enter the next 40 years of providing authentic French cuisine, our focus is on expansion through franchising, and we are confident he has the knowledge and expertise to drive unit growth.”

In his new role, Ramage will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of franchise development, including seeking qualified candidates and setting up processes and programs to generate leads. He will work alongside senior leadership to focus on growth and expansion in 20 key markets including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and more.

French-founded and French-owned since 1983, la Madeleine serves approachable French cuisine made with simple, fresh ingredients and time-honored recipes. Owned by Rennes, France-based Groupe Le Duff, founded by Louis Le Duff in 1976, la Madeleine operates more than 86 corporate and franchise locations in nine states. For more information, visit

SOURCE: la Madeleine

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