Global Franchise Group Names New Chief Executive Officer

Paul Damico joined GFG as CEO.

Global Franchise Group (GFG), has named a Paul Damico Chief Executive Officer.

The seasoned restaurant executive will lead GFG's growth, acquisitions, and shared services for its brands including Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Pretzelmaker, Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery and Round Table Pizza.

He officially started April 6 and is working alongside the GFG Executive Team to direct the organization through the COVID-19 crisis.

With more than 35 years in food and hospitality, Damico's career includes top leadership roles in premium organizations including Host Marriott, Food Brand, LLC, Creative Host Services, and the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants. Most recently, he served as CEO of emerging concept Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill and successfully developed a franchise model preparing the brand for national growth. Prior to Naf Naf, he was President of Focus Brands and was responsible for the oversight of McAlister's Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky's Deli, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Carvel Ice Cream and Cinnabon.  

"Global Franchise Group is an organization well positioned to become one of the top restaurant  and QSR franchise systems in the country," said Paul Damico, CEO of GFG. "I was attracted to GFG because of the company's growth potential and unwavering commitment to our franchisees and brands. By strengthening shared services and building the portfolio with complimentary concepts, GFG will reach new heights. I'm thrilled to join this talented and passionate team."

Damico succeeds Chris Dull, the organization's longtime President and CEO who exited the organization in February. GFG's Chief Brand Officer and President of Franchise Operations, Jenn Johnston, will resume her critical role as Chief Brand Officer and President of Franchise Operations after successfully serving as Interim CEO and leading the organization through a challenging transition period.

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