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Bojangles names Monica Sauls chief people officer, newly-created executive role

New CPO first-ever, first African-American to join senior leadership team

Bojangles announced it had named Monica Sauls chief people officer, a newly-created executive position. Sauls, who is a change management strategist, will assume her new role September 15. The chicken and biscuits chain will task Sauls with oversight of talent acquisition, talent development, and employee relations, according to an announcement. She will also lead efforts in diversity and inclusion, in addition to stewarding Bojangles’ culture.

As the first African-American in the Bojangles senior leadership team, her appointment marks a celebratory milestone for the company. Sauls will report directly to CEO Jose Amario.

“This is a critical new role as the Bojangles system looks to hire more than 30,000 new employees due to expected growth and demand over the next 12 months and build on our commitment to diversity and inclusion to create a culture where all employees are respected and valued,” said Amario.

Sauls brings with her a robust understanding of human resource imperatives and has extensive experience in culture transformation across two decades in her field. Most recently, she led HR business partners for Duke Energy’s Fossil Hydro and Nuclear divisions. Before Duke Energy, she oversaw senior executive leadership development at the Boeing Company.

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She also worked in HR for Walgreens and Ingersoll Rand. Sauls holds a master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

[Related article: Bojangles refreshes logo, launches new ad campaigns]

“As the chief people officer, I will focus on building and maintaining a people-centered culture where everyone at Bojangles can do their best work and help the company succeed,” said Sauls.

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