Plant Power names Steve Figliola chief development officer

As Plant Power CDO, Figliola will be key in growing the 10-unit restaurant chain

Plant Power Restaurant Group named Steve Figliola chief development officer (CDO). The move follows the hiring of top-name professionals from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Yum Brands, Del Taco, and Hard Rock Café. Figliola joins at a pivotal moment in the Plant Power Fast Food brand’s growth.

“Steve’s extensive experience in operations and development with Fortune 500 companies is undoubtedly the perfect fit for Plant Power at this critical stage of our journey,” said Jeffrey Harris, chief executive of Plant Power. “But it’s his passion and excitement for the sustainability aspect of our mission and his focus on changing food culture that puts him head and shoulders above the many awesome people we spoke to.”

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At Starbucks, he served as regional vice president, overseeing retail operations in Southern California and Hawaii. Before Starbucks, He held the role of vice president of development at Papa Murphy’s. At Taco Bell Corp, he served as director of Operations.

Figliola commented on his new role at Plant Power, “I’m a pretty lucky guy, I’ve had the opportunity to work for some of the most innovative leaders in this business and with some of the most iconic brands….I’m thrilled to join the Plant Power team and to be part of bringing something truly different and positive to the world.”

Plant Power Fast Food debuted in San Diego at the start of 2016. The 10-unit fast-casual chain has six new units in active development, including an upcoming flagship location in Hollywood Calif. near Paramount Studios. An additional 20 units make up the franchise development pipeline.

The chain’s menu offers burgers made with a meat-alternative patty, in addition to “chicken” nuggets. It also offers a selection of sides and small meals, like fries, buffalo tenders and buffalo wings.

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As Plant Power CDO, Figliola will play a key role in expanding the 100%-plant-based concept’s presence across the United States.

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