HRI Adds Three Industry Veterans to Executive Team
Leawood, Kansas-based HRI, Inc., has named three new members to its executive team – Chad Devorak, Senior Vice President of Operations for Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar; Bill Leibengood, Chief Marketing Officer, HRI, Inc.; and Terry Harryman, Chief Financial Officer, HRI, Inc.
As senior vice president of operations for Houlihan’s, a new role within the organization, Devorak will be responsible for all aspects of operations within Houlihan’s central division. Devorak spent the past 20 years with Yard House in various roles, most recently as Regional Vice President of Operations where he was responsible for more than 30 Yard House restaurants with sales in excess of $270M annually.
“Chad is absolutely the right person for this role,” said Archer. “He has a proven track record of success with unwavering commitment and loyalty to his team. He is a true leader who leads by example.” According to Archer he created the role to ensure he had top talent leading the Houlihan’s brand.
Industry veteran Bill Leibengood was tapped as CMO and will be responsible for all aspects of marketing, advertising and menu strategy. He has more than 20 years experience, as vice president of marketing for Wingstop and executive director of brand management for Applebee’s International.
CFO Terry Harryman will oversee the areas of finance, technology and supply chain. Harryman brings 30 years of experience to his new role, including his most recent position as vice president of finance, planning and investor relations at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers/
The senior vice president of operations and the chief marketing position are new roles within the organization, while Harryman replaces Bob Nygren who recently left the company to become chief executive officer at Wild Wing Café.