Dallas — Smoothie King has made three key additions to its executive leadership team: Marianne Radley, chief marketing officer; Juan Salas, chief information officer; and Laura Scavone, chief people officer. All three have been added to the brand’s C-suite and will be responsible for leading effective, cross-functional teams to achieve Smoothie King’s strategic business goals.
“We’re excited to have Marianne, Juan and Laura join our growing leadership team. They are exemplary leaders in their respective segments, each possessing a wealth of experience in the QSR industry and will undoubtedly make invaluable contributions to Smoothie King,” says Wan Kim, CEO of Smoothie King. “Our brand is rapidly growing in key markets nationwide and adding the right people to our team will be crucial to continuing our success. Marianne, Juan and Laura have already hit the ground running and we look forward to seeing all they accomplish in the months ahead.”
Radley brings a wealth of global marketing, advertising and product innovation experience to Smoothie King. Prior to joining Smoothie King, she served as the chief brand officer for YUM! Brands, overseeing Pizza Hut and has also served as the chief marketing officer for Monster Beverage Company and Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Salas has more than 20 years of experience implementing next-generation technology for corporations in foodservice and hospitality including Gordon Ramsay North America, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Popeye’s, Church’s Chicken Brands and more. He has experience in technological, strategic and tactical skills to ensure that solutions and processes are developed to best serve the guests and drive operational efficiencies to enhance revenue, which will benefit Smoothie King’s corporate and franchise-owned stores. In his new role with Smoothie King, Salas will support advancing the digital customer experience and store technology to help optimize operations.
Before being promoted to chief people officer, Scavone served as vice president of human resources for Smoothie King; she has been the driving force behind influencing the brand’s people strategy to help Smoothie King achieve its business goals.
Smoothie King’s executive leadership team additions follows recent development success for the brand. Smoothie King opened its 1,400th location in September and has signed 145 new development agreements in 2022 to expand its footprint in key growth markets such as the Upper Midwest and Central Atlantic regions, as well as Colorado and Texas. Smoothie King is seeking additional operators in Cleveland, Denver, Phoenix, New York and Charlotte, N.C., among other target markets.
Founded in 1973, Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. is a privately held, Dallas-based franchise company with more than 1,400 locations worldwide, including in the United States, Korea, Grand Cayman and Trinidad. For more information, visit www.smoothiekingfranchise.com.
SOURCE: Smoothie King Franchises, Inc.