Saladworks Hires Kelly Roddy as Chief Executive Officer

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Saladworks has hired a new chief executive officer Kelly Roddy effective August 1, 2019.Kelly brings 30 years of industry experience to the brand. As former president of Schlotzsky’s, the Austin, Texas-originated sandwich franchise, Roddy has demonstrated focus on unit level economics and franchisee success. Most notably under his reign, Schlotzsky’s experienced 10 consecutive years of positive comp growth. Prior to his leadership in the QSR space, Roddy led operations, sales and marketing at the San Antonio-based supermarket chain H-E-B.

Kelly Roddy is CEO of Saladworks

“I am honored to have been elected as Saladworks’ new chief executive officer,” said Roddy. “Saladworks is extremely well-positioned for longevity and success within the fast-casual segment, offering relevant, fresh options for an increasingly health-conscious consumer base. The brand has an amazing opportunity to for explosive growth over the next few years.”

Roddy joins Saladworks at a pivotal time for the brand—with 100+ locations, Saladworks has become a leader in the entrée salad segment, blazing the trail for health-conscious dining. 

“We have plans to grow the brand unit count at high double-digit rates every year, including a 20% increase by the end of 2019,” said Roddy. “The proven Saladworks model positions franchisees for unit-store level profitability, volume expansion and tech advancement.”

Saladworks has been steadily implementing the latest technology tools to benefit customers, franchisees and team members, including a state-of-the-art learning management system, enhanced online ordering platform and third-party delivery options.

20 new stores are slated to open by the end of the year.