Long John Silver's has named Joseph Lutz as chief operating officer. He will oversee both the Operations and Development teams and report to CEO Mike Kern.

Lutz brings more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, holding positions from restaurant manager to senior management. Previously, Lutz was senior vice president, Airport Food and Beverage for HMSHost Corp., where he led development and operations for 200 national and local restaurant brands in 26 airports throughout Central and Western U.S.

"Joe is an excellent addition to our Long John Silver's team. His experience shows his proven ability to lead the operational elements with success and vision," Kern said. "Joe will help energize and lead development and operational efforts that will take LJS to new heights."

Prior to his role in airport food and beverage, Lutz was SVP of Motorways — Food, Beverage and Retail for HMSHOST Corp. and before that he was VP of Malls — Food and Beverage. Before HMSHOST Corp., Lutz served as SVP, Operations for Cinnabon and director of Corporate Operations Services & Chicago Region Director for PepsiCo's Taco Bell subsidiary.

"I'm excited to be joining this talented Long John Silver's team," Lutz said. "We've got an enormous opportunity ahead of us and I'm thrilled to be a part of the team."

Lutz received his degree from Ohio University. He will be relocating to Louisville, Ky., from Seattle.

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