AFC Enterprises, Inc. , the franchisor and operator of Popeyes (R) Chicken & Biscuits, today announced the retirement of Frank J. Belatti as Chairman of the Board of Directors and the appointment of John M. Cranor as new Chairman.
Mr. Belatti, who is retiring as Chairman, founded AFC Enterprises in 1992 and served as the CEO of AFC from 1992-2005. Mr. Belatti was instrumental in the growth of AFC's portfolio of brands, its initial public offering in March 2001, and the subsequent strategic divestitures of the Company's Church's Chicken, Cinnabon and Seattle Coffee Company brands, leading to its current stand alone ownership of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits. Mr. Belatti will now assume a full time role as Managing Partner, Equicorp Partners, LLC, an Atlanta based investment firm. Mr. Belatti also serves as an adjunct professor at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches Microventuring, as part of the Gigot Center Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.
"After 15 years building a successful enterprise, I will miss AFC, especially all the wonderful and talented people throughout the organization. I am proud to have John as our new Chairman. John is a highly regarded leader with substantial experience in the food industry. His expertise in our quick service sector will be of great benefit to the Popeyes brand. We have great confidence in his ability to work with our new CEO, Cheryl Bachelder, to lead the Company to future growth," stated Frank Belatti.