Joseph D. Christina, CEO of Church's Chicken, announced Oct. 15 the hiring of Randall Lawrence, as the Vice President of Supply Chain. An accomplished supply chain and operations executive with more than 30 years of experience in the Food and Beverage industry, Lawrence will report directly to Christina. Prior to accepting the position at Church's, Lawrence served in a similar capacity for Bojangles Restaurants Inc., where he was responsible for end-to-end supply chain operations, including quality assurance, planning, procurement, and distribution for more than 750 company-owned and franchised restaurants in the US.
"Randall is an enthusiastic problem-solver, with the ability to create and execute action plans and strives for better and more efficient ways of doing business globally," said Christina. "He's an effective communicator and team builder, who displays excellent skills in operations, strategic planning and analysis, and business expansion. We are thrilled to have him on the Church's team."
Lawrence earned his MBA in Business Administration from Berry College, and is a member of the American Production & Inventory Control Society. During his career he has served as VP Supply Chain, Bojangles, Charlotte, NC; VP QCC Operations-North America, Papa John's Inc., Louisville, KY; VP Global Contract Manufacturing, Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, WA; Plant Manager, ConAgra Foods, Indianapolis, IN; and Plant Manager, Sara Lee (formerly Earthgrains), Chicago IL.
"This is an exceptional opportunity with a wonderful company that has set the standard in the fast-food service industry," said Lawrence. "My experience in growth planning, business expansion, strategic development, global sourcing, and franchisee relationships will help the Church's and Texas Chicken brands continue to expand their footprints not only domestically, but throughout the world."