FAT Brands has promoted Jenn Johnston to the position of chief marketing officer (CMO) as part of its leadership changes. Johnston has served as FAT Brands' quick-service division president since the company acquired Global Franchise Group from Serruya Private Equity and Lion Capital in a $442.5m deal in July 2021. She supervised brands such as Round Table Pizza, Marble Slab Creamery, Great American Cookies and Pretzelmaker.
Allison Lauenstein will now supervise these brands as FAT Brands' new brand president. Lauenstein has previously served as Global Franchise Group Brand Operations and Marketing executive vice-president. Before joining Global Franchise Group, Lauenstein worked in various leadership roles at Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins brands.
Another leadership change made by FAT Brands includes the appointment of David Pear as brand president at Round Table Pizza. Pear brings more than 20 years of strategic and operational restaurant leadership experience. He was previously employed with Desert De Oro Foods as vice-president of strategic initiatives.
The C-suite appointments come after the company appointed Ken Kuick and Rob Rosen as its new co-CEOs, earlier this month. Kuick and Rosen replaced Andy Wiederhorn, who continues to serve as chairman of the board.