Freddy’s Frozen Custard names new COO, vice president of finance

Brian Wise to head operations while Jerry Kunz leads FP&A, budgeting, forecasting

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers named Brian Wise chief operating officer (COO) and Jerry Kunz vice president of finance. Wise comes from the franchise side of the business, having worked with Freddy’s franchise group for 15 years. Kunz arrived from First Watch Restaurants, where he served as director of finance & treasury.

During the past year, Wise spearheaded initiatives for the fast-casual chain that led to delivering technology & operational improvements as he headed up the restaurant innovation team. As COO, he will oversee the Freddy’s training team and the operations of both franchise and corporate stores.

Kunz has served as Freddy’s VP of finance, specializing in financial planning & analysis, budgeting, forecasting, corporate & operational finance, and business intelligence reporting.

Chris Dull, president and chief executive of Freddy’s, said, “Freddy’s success comes from our delicious food, dedication to guests and strong relationships with our franchisees. During the past 20 years, the Freddy’s team has worked together to build it into the national restaurant concept it is today. We are thankful that Brian [Wise] will be continuing his great work with our brand as COO, and that Jerry [Kunz] decided to join our team for this next chapter of accelerating development. With our seasoned operations team having a vast array of knowledge and expertise, we’re on a solid path to the brand’s continued success and growth.”

Founded in 2002, Freddy’s Frozen Custard has grown to 440 locations in 36 states.

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