“I am honored to have the opportunity to join McAlister’s at such a pivotal time for the brand,” Guith said in a statement. “McAlister's is poised for tremendous growth and I look forward to working with the McAlister’s team in shaping the future.”
Guith joined FOCUS Brands in 2014 as COO for Cinnabon and before taking the role of brand president in 2015. Guith is credited for driving significant P&L results through strong performance management, application of process-driven improvements and building collaborative, high-performing teams.
Before joining FOCUS Brands, he held roles in general management and strategy with Coca-Cola, where he was vice president, Global Business Development and vice president, Vending Operations. Guith also worked for Yum! Brands where he served as general manager, KFC, South Territory.
“We are thrilled to have Joe step into the role as president of McAlister’s and are excited to see him guide the brand through its continued growth,” FOCUS Brands COO and President, North America, Kat Cole said in a statement. “Joe’s skills in developing brands, driving businesses forward, and leading large franchise systems make him a great fit for this vibrant brand.”