ATLANTA – AFC Enterprises Inc., the franchisor and operator of Popeyes restaurants, is included among Black Enterprise Magazine’s "40 Best Franchises for African Americans". The honor recognizes the company's diversity programs, affordability, revenue potential and marketing/advertising support.

AFC is building upon its existing diversity efforts with what it calls “an emboldened inclusion strategy” called Roadmap of Opportunity. AFC has hired Renay Winston as vice president, Human Resources, to provide leadership and stewardship for the program.

“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has never wavered,” said Cheryl Bachelder, president and chief executive officer. “Both are critical to our growth and success and are key competitive advantages. We are now broadening our initiatives to encompass all of our key stakeholders: employees, franchisees, suppliers and the communities we serve.”

The company has engaged two diversity and inclusion consulting firms, Roosevelt Thomas Consulting & Training and Basic Diversity Inc., to support Mr. Winston in driving the program.