Global Franchise Group Names New CEO

Global Franchise Group LLC, the franchisor behind Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Pretzelmaker, and Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery among its brands, announced on Monday that Paul Damico has been appointed as its new CEO.

The company said Damico started the position on April 6 and is working alongside the GFG executive team to direct the organization through the COVID-19 crisis.

"With experience in so many facets of restaurant operations from marketing, operations, culinary, and franchising, he brings a unique approach to franchise portfolio management platforms,” said Michael Serruya, chairman of the GFG board of directors.

Damico's career includes leadership roles at 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. 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, the company said.

Damico succeeds Chris Dull, the organization's longtime President and CEO who exited the organization in February. GFG is backed by London private equity group Lion Capital LLP and Toronto-based Serruya Private Equity Inc. The company says it has 1,500 franchised and corporate stores in more than 16 countries.

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