– USA, MN – Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jeffery Crivello as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective November 14, 2017. Mr. Crivello has served on Famous Dave’s Board of Directors since August 2017. Since January 2015, he has served as the Chief Financial Officer of PW Partners Capital Management, LLC, where he has primary responsibility for operations and accounting.
Mike Lister, the Company’s current Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Over the last year, I have been intently focused on improving restaurant operations while closing underperforming restaurants that do not meet our financial standards, in order to allow for the refranchising of our Company-owned restaurants to franchisees that are passionate about our brand. Given the significant progress we have made on these efforts, along with the strengthening of existing franchise relationships, the timing of this transition makes strategic sense for the Company as it advances into the next phase of its transformation. I am pleased to welcome Jeff to the team and look forward to working together for a seamless transition.”
Jeff Crivello, commented, “Mike’s tireless effort to execute upon the strategic initiatives set forth by the Company has been commendable. His work is evident in the improving restaurant sales trends as well as the successful refranchising of eight Company-owned restaurants and closures of thirteen underperforming Company-owned restaurants since the beginning of the year. The Board and I sincerely appreciate the thoughtful and decisive decision-making that Mike brought to the organization. I am thrilled to be joining the Company during such a pivotal time. With the refranchising effort well underway, my focus will be on improving the existing value proposition, while expeditiously addressing the development and evolution of the Famous Dave’s concept. Additionally, although the team has made substantial progress with their general and administrative optimization plan, I believe that we can strategically reduce G&A expenses to approximately an $8.0 million run-rate within the next 90 days, while continuing to improve upon the franchisor services that we provide. It truly is an exciting time to become a part of the Famous Dave’s team.”
Additionally, the Company has appointed its former Chief Development and Franchising Officer, Geovannie Concepcion, as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, effective November 14, 2017.
About Famous Dave’s
Famous Dave’s develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, a selection of salads, sandwiches, side items, and made-from-scratch desserts. As of November 13, 2017, the Company owns 16 locations and franchises an additional 136 restaurants in 32 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada, and United Arab Emirates.
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