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Lukas Krause was promoted from COO to CEO of Real Property Management. Also, John Gohde was hired as chief operating officer.

Young Chefs Academy appointed Jamie Skinner to operations manager and Kathy Arvidson to curriculum specialist. “We are experiencing a great surge of growth as a brand, said CEO Julie Burleson. “Jamie and Kathy are welcome additions to the Young Chefs Academy family.”

Jon Quinn joined Charleys Philly Steaks as vice president of marketing. Quinn previously served as VP of marketing at Fazoli’s.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing appointed Glenn Gallas to vice president of operations.

Meineke Car Care Centers promoted Ed Pearson to vice president of franchise development.

Part of its plan to double in size, Newk’s Eatery promoted Adam Karveller to VP of information technology and Keith Moody to VP of franchise operations.

Villa Restaurant Group promoted Leslie Chinea to director of marketing, and Mimi Wunderlich to director of communications and digital marketing strategy.

Charles Parsons joined SpeedPro Imaging as vice president of franchise development.

Former Five Guys exec Scott Goodrich was promoted to COO of Uncle Maddio’s Pizza. Also, Jenelle Brown joined the company as VP of human resources and training.

Johnny Rockets appointed Rumbani Mchawe as director of mature markets. Mchawe will provide support to the international franchise community, specifically operators in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Keith Davis joined the Captain D’s executive team as chief financial officer.

J.D. Byrider appointed Lewis Scott and Timothy Bullock as franchise consultants. They have been with the company for six and 11 years, respectively.

Massage Envy appointed Beth Stiller as its new chief commercial officer, responsible for leading its services, retail, innovation and operations teams.

Arby’s named Darla Morse as chief information officer. Morse is the former chief information officer at SeaWorld. The company said her new role reflects the importance of digital technology in the industry.

Gray Plant Mooty added Ryan Palmer and Lavon Emerson-Henry to its global franchise practice out of the firm’s Minneapolis office.


Baker & McKenzie adds experienced franchising lawyer

With 20 years of experience in the industry, Baker & McKenzie’s newest franchising lawyer knows franchising. Based in Washington, D.C., Anne Magee (Maggie) Vaughan is focused on corporate and franchise matters, particularly in the lodging and hospitality spaces—and sees continued growth for both in the coming years.

“Franchising is where the growth is, especially in the hospitality industry,” she said, adding that international expansion will remain a major focal area for both categories. “These are two areas that we are heavy into as a group, and we have been for decades.”

Maggie Vaughan

Maggie Vaughan

With recent interest in franchising from private equity firms, Vaughan doesn’t expect the financial spigot to be turned off and said she expects a continuation of aggressive M&A activity—always a boon for franchise law firms.

Throughout her career, Vaughan has assisted early-stage and public companies with franchisee restructuring, acquisition and sale of franchises and franchisee financing. She also assists in the navigation of complex transactions, including equity and debt financings, venture capital transactions and general corporate representation.

Asked what are the biggest challenges she’ll face in her new role, she said multinational hospitality companies, in particular, face complex issues as they expand, structure and manage their cross-border operations.

Vaughan received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She joins Baker & McKenzie from DLA Piper, where she practiced for 16 years.

“Maggie will add depth and a new dimension to our corporate practice in DC, with her strong franchising background,” said Richard Dean, managing partner of the Chicago-based firm’s Washington, D.C., office. “Maggie is an exceptional addition to our team, and our clients will benefit greatly from her capabilities.”

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