NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Back Yard Burgers announced July 18 the hiring of Scott Shotter as its new CEO.

Shotter joins Back Yard Burgers from Moe’s Southwest Grill, where he was vice president of operations. Shotter oversaw Moe’s expand from 200 locations to more than 700 locations during his nine-year tenure.

Shotter credited Back Yard Burgers’ new restaurant prototype and growth plan for a new generation as reasons he accepted the job.

“I’m very excited about these plans and it's one reason I joined the team,” Shotter said. “In addition to the new store prototype, we’re going to focus on the culinary and service experience Back Yard Burgers provides to our customers. We know that our franchise partners are going to be equally excited and we look forward to rolling out what I believe is a well-planned growth strategy.”

Axum Capital Partners, Back Yard Burgers’ private equity firm, helped select Shotter for the position.