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Long John Silver’s Hires Blain Shortreed as Chief Operations Officer

Blain Shortreed has more than 25 years of industry experience and previously worked for Pizza Hut.

Long John Silver’s has hired Blain Shortreed as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1.  In this role, Shortreed will lead franchise operations for Long John Silver’s as well as oversee internal company operations and restaurant development.

“Long John Silver’s is continuing the process of innovation and sharing our story with loyal customers,” said James O’Reilly, Long John Silver’s CEO. “Blain is a veteran in the quick-service restaurant industry and we know he’ll be an asset to our brand as we continue to evolve.”

Shortreed has over 25 years of global restaurant experience, specifically in franchise operations. Previously, he was the Managing Director of Pizza Hut’s Middle East/North Africa business and Vice President of Operations for Pizza Hut USA.  

“Long John Silver’s has been a brand to watch over the last decade and the growth they’ve achieved is remarkable,” said Shortreed. “The executive team is steering the brand towards continued success and I look forward to becoming a part of their growth and innovation.”

Shortreed is joining the team at a turning point in the brand's trajectory. In March of 2018, Long John Silver’s opened a new flagship restaurant in Louisville, Ky., featuring a new, vibrant and modern design.  

Long John Silver’s is a classic American brand founded in 1969 and has nearly 1,000 restaurants in the U.S. 

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