ATLANTA – Tony Moralejo was named chief development officer for Church's Chicken, the company announced May 20. Moralejo will be responsible for domestic and international expansion for the restaurant chain.

Moralejo spent more than 15 years in various senior positions within Burger King Corp., including providing leadership in development, franchising, real estate, finance and marketing. He also was Burger King's international general counsel. Moralejo was vice president of development for the Latin America and Caribbean regions where he cultivated an aggressive pipeline that led the company to an unprecedented growth into new countries, according to Church's.

Most recently, he led a team that negotiated and implemented new joint venture companies and master franchise models to accelerate growth and international presence in key countries.

“Tony is a valuable addition to Church’s management team and has a vast amount of experience and an impressive track record in restaurant development and building relationships with franchisees,” said Jim Hyatt, president and CEO of Church's Chicken. “He will be instrumental in spearheading and accelerating the brand’s growth plans both domestically and internationally.”

Before joining Burger King, Moralejo was senior director of Partner and Franchised Management in the Direct to Consumer Group at Nike, Inc., and a member of Nike's Global Leadership Retail Team. After receiving his law degree from the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School, he established a private practice where he specialized in real estate, commercial development and real estate financing. Moralejo is a graduate of the Univ. of Miami with a degree in business administration.