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Buffets, Inc. Selects Restaurant Industry Veteran Wedo as CEO to Accelerate Turnaround

December 07, 2012, 08:00 AM
Filed Under: Turnaround Management
Related: Trunaround

Buffets, Inc., an owner and operator of buffet-style family restaurants, announced the appointment of seasoned restaurant executive, entrepreneur and turnaround specialist Anthony Wedo to the position of chief executive officer. With more than twenty-five years of restaurant industry experience, including a key leadership position with a Fortune 50 brand, Wedo has developed and led the turnaround of major restaurant chains throughout the U.S. His brand experience includes PepsiCo Restaurants, KFC, Boston Market, Noah’s and Manhattan Bagels, and Einstein Bros. Bagels and most recently as CEO of a firm specializing in consulting private equity and professional debt investors in the restaurant industry.

"Tony has demonstrated consistent success in a variety of settings ranging from growth concepts to brand turnarounds. He has a proven track record in revitalizing brands. His unique background makes him the perfect leader for Buffets," said Rob Webster, chairman of the board of Buffets, Inc.

“I believe I’m joining Buffets and this team at the perfect moment,” Wedo said. “The balance sheet is fixed and the company generates significant cash flow which will enable us to focus on growing the brand and transforming it into something better than it has ever been. We will be fast tracking the “Plan to Win” initiatives that members of this team and the Board of Directors have worked so hard to develop, and we are going to execute it successfully.”
Wedo began his career as an entrepreneur prior to joining PepsiCo as part of a new breed of young, entrepreneurial restaurant operators to help the corporate giant create a culture of nimbleness. As one of the first participants in PepsiCo’s Senior Operations Designate program, Wedo was fast tracked and quickly grew to vice president and general manager of the Southeast Division of KFC, overseeing more than 1,200 restaurants, 7,000 employees and $1 billion in revenue.

Most recently, Wedo has served as CEO of Mainline Capital Advisors, which provides M&A, turnaround management, advisory and executive management consulting services to debt investors and private equity sponsors in the restaurant industry.

“Tony is clearly the right person to take the leadership of Buffets, accelerate the transformation of our family buffet restaurants and position our company for a new era of profitable growth and success.” Webster added.

Buffets, Inc., the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant company, currently operates 347 restaurants in 35 states, comprised of 337 steak-buffet restaurants and 10 Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse restaurants. The restaurants are principally operated under the Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Ryan’s and Fire Mountain brands. Buffets employs approximately 18,000 team members and serves approximately 100 million customers annually.

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