ATLANTA (June 26, 2015) - Chick-fil-A®, Inc. announced today the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors. James H. Blanchard, Michael T. Duke, Dr. Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., James “Buck” B. McCabe, Steven S Reinemund, Steven A. Robinson and John W. White IV will join Chick-fil-A Chairman, President and CEO Dan T. Cathy and Executive Vice President Donald “Bubba” M. Cathy in running the family-owned business.
“My family and I are humbled and honored that these seasoned leaders have accepted the invitation to help guide Chick-fil-A into our next chapter of service,” said Dan T. Cathy. “When my father founded our company, his priority was to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A, by serving great food with gracious hospitality. This board of directors understands my father’s vision, and I feel certain they will help us grow our company while remaining true to our fundamentals.”
James H. Blanchard currently serves as chairman of the board of advisors for Jordan-Blanchard Capital, LLC. Prior to founding Jordan-Blanchard, he served as chairman of the board and CEO of Synovus Financial Corp., a multi-billion dollar financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia. He was also instrumental in forming a partnership with Columbus State University's Cunningham Center for Leadership Development to create the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum. Additionally, Blanchard is a past director of the American Bankers Association, past chairman of the Georgia Research Alliance and member emeritus of the Terry Dean’s Advisory Council at his alma mater, the University of Georgia. Blanchard is currently a member of the board of directors of Total System Services, Inc. and serves as lead director. He was previously named “Most Respected CEO” by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Michael T. Duke is the retired president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. During his 19 years with the company, including a five-year tenure as CEO, he delivered strong financial results and broadened Walmart’s commitment to lead some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. He has served on the board of directors of The Consumer Goods Forum, the executive committee of Business Roundtable and is on the executive board of Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. He also serves on the board of advisors for the University of Arkansas and the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Duke earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1971 and now serves as a member of the institution's advisory board.
Dr. Crawford W. Loritts Jr. is a nationally-known speaker, author and senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. He helped establish churches in Texas and Mississippi, and served as associate director of Campus Crusade for Christ. He has been invited to speak at three Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four and the Pentagon. He is a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and host of "Living a Legacy," a daily radio program that reaches approximately 500,000 people each week. Loritts holds a Bachelor of Science degree and doctorate of sacred theology degree from Philadelphia Biblical University as well as a doctorate of divinity degree from Biola University.
James "Buck" B. McCabe is executive vice president of Chick-fil-A, Inc. He joined the company in 1978 as a corporate accounting manager and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 1982. He retired as CFO in 2014, but remains a member of the company’s executive committee. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, McCabe worked for the accounting firm, Peat Marwick (now KPMG), and served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He serves on the national board of trustees for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Christian Foundation. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree in accounting from The College of William and Mary. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and was named “CFO of the Year” in 2008 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Steven S. Reinemund is executive in residence at Wake Forest University. He previously served as dean of business and a professor of leadership and strategy at Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Wake Forest, he was chairman of the board and CEO of PepsiCo, Inc., where he worked for 23 years. While CEO, PepsiCo’s revenues increased by more than $9 billion, net income increased by 70 percent, earnings per share increased by 80 percent, the company’s annual dividend doubled and its market capitalization surpassed $100 billion. In addition to the growth of the company, his legacy includes a commitment to health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and values-based leadership.
Reinemund is currently a member of the board of directors of ExxonMobil, Walmart and Marriott. From 2005 to 2007, he was chairman of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He served on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army from 1990 to 1999, and was chairman of this board from 1996 to 1999. He also served on the board of The National Council of La Raza from 1992 to 2001 and was chairman of its Corporate Board of Advisors from 1992 to 1996.
Steven A. Robinson is currently executive vice president of Chick-fil-A, Inc. He joined the company in 1981 as the vice president of marketing. A year later he was promoted to chief marketing officer, leading the company’s marketing department for nearly 35 years, until his retirement in 2014. As CMO, Robinson was responsible for the chain's marketing, advertising, brand oversight, menu and hospitality strategies for all restaurant concepts. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Robinson was director of marketing for Six Flags Over Georgia theme park. He earned an associate of science degree in business administration from Faulkner State Junior College in Bay Minette, Alabama, a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Auburn University and master's degree in advertising from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He is on the board of directors for the National Football Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. He is also chairman of the board for Atlanta Hall Management, home of the College Football Hall of Fame.
John W. White IV is the owner and Operator of the Renaissance Village and Research Triangle Chick-fil-A restaurants in Durham, North Carolina. As one of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy’s grandchildren, he is part of the third generation of the Cathy family to be in leadership roles for the restaurant chain. In addition to operating restaurants in North Carolina, he has worked as a restaurant team member in Alabama, Georgia and Virginia. He is a graduate of Auburn University, where he was a walk-on kicker for the Auburn Tigers football team. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, White worked alongside college students, preparing them for mission work in North Africa. He and his wife are on the board of advisors for CARE for AIDS.
Dan T. Cathy is the chairman, president and CEO of Chick-fil-A, Inc. His career with the company began at age nine, when his father, Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy, put his children to work singing songs tableside at the family’s first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. Since then, he has assumed roles of increasing responsibility as a team member, Operator and Chief Operating Officer. Rather than leading from his corporate office in Atlanta, Cathy chooses to spend the majority of his time traveling to the chain’s growing family of restaurants and interacting with Chick-fil-A’s committed team of restaurant Operators and their 70,000-plus team members. He is a member of the board of trustees for Morehouse College and the board of directors for Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the advisory boards of several organizations, including Eagle Ranch and Global Teen Challenge. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University.
Bubba Cathy is executive vice president of Chick-fil-A, Inc. and president of Dwarf House, Inc. He also oversees operations for WinShape Homes, WinShape Wilderness, WinShape Retreat, WinShape College and WinShape Camps. Cathy began his career in hospitality at the age of seven, singing jingles at his father’s first restaurant. He joined Chick-fil-A, Inc. in 1976 as a construction apprentice and was later named to the company’s executive committee. He also served as a restaurant Operator for four years. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, where he and his wife teach a class for young adults. He is a graduate of Samford University.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held franchise company devoted to serving the local communities in which franchised restaurants operate. Known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A restaurants serve freshly prepared food in more than 1,900 restaurants in 42 states and Washington, D.C.
Founded in the early 1960s by S. Truett Cathy, the Chick-fil-A system produced sales of nearly $6 billion in 2014, which marks 47 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A was recognized in 2015 as one of America’s “Top 20 Most Admired Brands” by The Harris Poll, the “Consumer’s Choice Award” for pleasant and friendly service by Technomic’s survey of 85,000 consumers and leader of the fast food industry in Temkin’s 2015 Customer Experience Survey. In the 2014 Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Awards, Chick-fil-A ranked among the top 50 Best Places to Work in the nation. Forbes also ranked Chick-fil-A as the 4th most inspiring company in the country following a survey of more than 2,000 consumers evaluating 25 companies.