McAlister’s Deli Promotes Joe Guith to Brand President

by Katie Lee

Atlanta — McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast-casual restaurant chain, has promoted veteran leader Joe Guith to brand president.

“We are thrilled to have Joe step into the role as president of McAlister’s and are excited to see him guide the brand through its continued growth,” says Kat Cole, FOCUS Brands’ COO and president, North America. “Joe’s skills in developing brands, driving businesses forward, and leading large franchise systems make him a great fit for this vibrant brand.”

Joe Guith joined FOCUS Brands, parent company to McAlister’s Deli, in 2014 as chief operating officer for Cinnabon®, and quickly assumed the role of brand president in 2015. (Read Retail & Restaurant Facility Business’s 2016 cover story of Cinnabon here.) In the 3 years Guith was president, he drove significant P&L results through strong performance management, application of process-driven improvements and building collaborative, high performing teams. Prior to joining FOCUS, Guith held roles in general management and strategy with Coca-Cola, where he served as vice president, global business development and vice president, vending operations, and Yum! Brands where he served as general manager, KFC, south territory.

Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli® has more than 400 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta. For more information, visit

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc., through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 locations under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. For more information, visit

SOURCE: McAlister’s Deli

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