Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TAST) announced that Clayton Wilhite has been appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. He succeeds Alan Vituli who retired as Chairman and as a director effective January 16, 2012. Mr. Wilhite, who joined the Board in 1997, is its longest serving independent director. Mr. Wilhite has spent almost 40 years in the advertising and marketing industry and prior to joining Carrols’ board he served several clients in the restaurant sector, including Burger King Corporation. As previously announced, Daniel Accordino succeeded Mr. Vituli as CEO on January 1, 2012. Mr. Vituli is expected to continue as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Fiesta”) following the spinoff of Fiesta.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Mr. Wilhite said: “The Board thanks Alan Vituli for his dedicated service in guiding Carrols over the past two and one-half decades. During his tenure Mr. Vituli took Carrols, which was then a modest Burger King franchisee, and led it to become one of the largest multi brand restaurant companies in the U.S. We and the thousands of Carrols employees across the country are grateful for all of his valuable contributions over the years.”
About the Company
Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc., operating through its subsidiaries, including Carrols Corporation and Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., is one of the largest restaurant companies in the United States. The Company operates three restaurant brands in the quick-casual and quick-service restaurant segments with 551 company-owned and operated restaurants in 17 states as of October 2, 2011, and 35 franchised restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Honduras, Trinidad, the Bahamas and Venezuela. Carrols Restaurant Group, through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurant businesses. Carrols Restaurant Group is also the largest Burger King franchisee, based on the number of restaurants, and has operated Burger King Restaurants since 1976.