MINNEAPOLIS – James Schmidt has been appointed to the newly created position of COO for Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., effective immediately. He is now responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the business, reporting to Sally Smith, president and CEO.

Schmidt has been with Buffalo Wild Wings since April 2002 and most recently served as executive vice president, general counsel. He also served on Buffalo Wild Wings’ Board of Directors from 1994 to 2003.

“Jim is a strong leader with a deep understanding of the Buffalo Wild Wings organization,” Smith said. “Over the past few years, Jim led our new restaurant opening process and had responsibility for Real Estate and Development as well as leading various cross-functional initiatives. We look forward to his continued contributions in his new position. I will still be very involved in oversight of the brand, and Jim’s appointment will allow me to focus more of my time on the strategic direction of the company and growth opportunities. I look forward to working closely with Jim and the rest of the Leadership Team as we continue to grow our presence in the United States and internationally.”

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. operates 739 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in 44 states.