– Fast-casual restaurant franchise adds top talent to high-performance team –
ATLANTA, GA (October 24, 2011) – Moe’s Southwest Grill announced today that it has added two key executives to the leadership team that will grow the brand to 850 locations by 2015. Paul Macaluso joins Moe’s as the vice president of marketing and Anissa Mandell as senior director of supply chain.
Macaluso joins Moe’s from Sonic Industries where he was the vice president of daypart and product marketing and innovation. Prior to that, Macaluso held various operations, franchise consulting and marketing positions with Burger King and YUM! Brands, Inc. Macaluso brings eighteen years of restaurant experience to his new role at Moe’s Southwest Grill. As vice president of marketing, Macaluso will lead Moe’s marketing department and will be responsible for developing short and long-term strategic marketing plans to drive brand awareness and sales.
Prior to joining Moe’s, Mandell was vice president of purchasing for Tappan Street Restaurant Group, Inc, parent company of casual-dining chain Taco Mac, where she created the company’s purchasing department. Collectively, she has twenty years of purchasing and operations experience from companies like RARE Hospitality and Rio Bravo International. As senior director of supply chain, she will be responsible for driving all aspects of the supply chain function including distribution, product and supplier sourcing, and other key supply chain programs.
“We are focused on Franchise Partner success and satisfaction, as well as brand growth in terms of sales and locations,” says Paul Damico, president of Moe’s Southwest Grill. “We need the right leadership at the helm to reach our goals and with the addition of Paul and Anissa, I’m confident that we have the right team in place to do just that.”