QDOBA announced today the promotion of Eric Williams, a seasoned foodservice industry executive with more than 30 years of experience, to chief operating officer. Previously, Williams served as vice president of franchise & license operations, and in his new role will oversee more than 740 QDOBA locations across the U.S. and Canada and support QDOBA franchise owners, ultimately ensuring the company’s continued overall success.
“Since joining QDOBA, Eric has proven to be an exceptional leader capable of taking on additional responsibility,” said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. “He has provided valuable insight to help our franchise owners thrive, particularly during the pandemic, and I look forward to seeing his contributions and leadership extend even further into the company operations function in his new role.”
Williams joined QDOBA in October 2019 as director of operations with over 30 years of experience in the foodservice industry, including restaurant, franchise and corporate operations, as well as multi-unit franchise ownership. Prior to QDOBA, he served as the chief operating officer for CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (CKE), parent company to Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.
“I am honored to be carrying out my work with QDOBA’s exceptional group of franchisees who hold true the brand’s mission of bringing flavor to people’s lives,” said Williams. “As I take on this next role, I see new growth opportunities on the horizon for both company and franchise and I am thrilled to be moving into this next chapter.”