ATLANTA – Quick-service restaurant industry veteran Tim Waddell will take on the role of executive vice president of international business at Church’s Texas Chicken, effective Sept. 6. Waddell’s experience includes global development, sales, marketing, operations and P&L management.

“Tim’s expertise globally and within his category will help us propel our growth internationally,” said Joe Guith, chief executive officer, Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken. “Tim is an accomplished, high impact business leader with over 20 years of proven international development experience and has an outstanding reputation as someone who builds high-performing teams and scalable business functions. His first-hand knowledge of the global industry fits right in with the culture we are building and will play an intricate part of achieving our vision to be the global franchisor of choice. The executive team and I are excited and fortunate to welcome Tim to the Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken family.”

Before joining the executive team at Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken, Waddell served as vice president and managing director of international development for Inspire Brands, where he supported international growth for Arby’s, Baskin Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s and Sonic. He has also worked as vice president of international development at Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, where he focused on driving the brand’s international expansion strategies.

“As this beloved brand continues its tremendous growth trajectory, I am thrilled to join an incredible team and group of franchisees who successfully opened over 175 new restaurants globally since the beginning of 2021 and has seen a 13% year-over-year increase in international locations,” Waddell said. “I’m confident that together we will continue to introduce the legendary, flavorful taste of Texas to new parts of the world in years to come.”

Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken see Waddell’s innovative ideas and strategic growth strategies as an integral part of the future growth of the company in both existing and new markets where he will manage international franchise relations.