BurgerFi International, the parent company of BurgerFi and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Wings restaurant brands, has appointed Carl Bachmann as its new CEO.

Bachmann has extensive experience in both burger and pizza spaces and will assume the new role on 10 July 2023.

Bachmann said: “My passion for the restaurant and hospitality industry started at an early age and I’ve been fortunate to have been able to build my career on something I truly enjoy.

“BurgerFi and Anthony’s are two amazing brands that are committed to offering guests the best quality products and service. I’m honoured to take on this leadership role and help guide the organisation into an exciting future.”

Bachmann was previously associated with Denver-based burger chain Smashburger, where he served as the chief operating officer from 2017 before taking on the role of company president.

Under his leadership, Smashburger registered a double-digit systemwide same-store sales growth and saw corporate and franchise footprint expansion.

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He also worked with Bertucci’s as operations senior vice-president.

BurgerFi International executive chairman Ophir Sternberg said: “Carl brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the restaurant space that will be valuable for our enterprise.

“His successful leadership of restaurants combined with his innovative experiences, particularly within the burger and pizza spaces, give him a unique and deep understanding of our brands – particularly how to help drive us toward growth.”