Qdoba announces new CEO
May 15, 2018
by Rebekah Schouten
SAN DIEGO — Keith Guilbault (above) has been named CEO of Qdoba Mexican Eats, effective immediately. Qdoba was acquired by Apollo Global Management LLC, in March from Jack in the Box Inc.
Guilbault was most recently brand president and chief operating officer for Qdoba, a role he held since 2016 under Jack in the Box’s ownership. Prior to leading the Qdoba brand, he held several executive leadership positions at Jack in the Box, including vice president of franchising and vice president of menu strategy and innovation. In 2013, he was named senior vice president and chief marketing officer.
“Keith has been instrumental in helping to guide Qdoba through the brand’s sale and transition into an independent company,” said Lance Milken, senior partner at Apollo. “We look forward to working with Keith and believe he is ideally suited to lead Qdoba’s outstanding management team, employee base and group of franchises as the company continues to bolster its position as a market-leading brand.”
Additionally, Susan Dagget has been named chief financial officer of Qdoba, effective May 23. She was most recently interim chief financial officer at Noodles & Co. since June 2017 and vice president of finance since August 2016. Previously, Dagget held executive roles at Arby’s, Burger King, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group and Pinnacle Restaurant Group.
“Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise that will greatly benefit Qdoba as we move forward,” Guilbault said. “I believe her proven track record as a visionary leader who successfully guided the financial and accounting operations of other large restaurant organizations makes Susan a natural fit for the role.”