Krystal Co. names new president, CEO

by MEAT+POULTRY staff
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ATLANTA – Effective Jan. 21, Omar Janjua will begin his tenure as the new president and chief executive officer of The Krystal Company, which was acquired by the Argonne Capital Group in 2012. Krystal calls itself the oldest quick-service restaurant chain in the South and the second-oldest QSR chain in the United States.

Janjua will manage the executive team, more than 350 restaurants and 6,000 employees in 11 states. He has more than 35 years of quick-service restaurant experience under his belt, having most recently served as president for Sonic Restaurants Inc. and chief operations officer for Sonic Industries. Prior to Sonic, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for The Steak 'n Shake Company. Janjua also worked for 18 years with YUM! Brands Inc. in its Pizza Hut operations, working in various leadership positions.

"Krystal is a brand with a unique position in the marketplace that enjoys a special relationship with its guests," Janjua said. "I look forward to working with the team to expand the passion and loyalty that runs so deep in the brand history to a new and widening consumer base."

"Argonne's success is built on investment into proven brands and partnership with leaders who can drive those businesses to further heights," said Michael Klump, President, CEO and founder of Argonne Capital. "We are excited to have him as part of our team and know his extensive experience and strategic abilities will help lead The Krystal Company into a period of increased consumer relevance, growth and profitability."

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