Focus Brands, the parent company of brands such as Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky’s has announced the appointment of Mike Woodward as its new senior vice president of franchise sales.
“Focus Brands is continuing to build a best-in-class development organization and adding Mike to the team creates an opportunity for us to further advance our leadership in the QSR industry,” said Brian Krause, chief development officer at Focus Brands.
“With his 20-plus years of franchise sales experience at a global company, Mike’s leadership, coupled with our already strong sales team, will add value to both prospective and existing brand franchisees.”
In his new role, Woodward will take charge of the franchise sales team, which is focused on growing brand recognition and strategic geographic growth across all seven brands. His team will also contribute to strategies designed to drive net unit growth across the system.
Woodward joins Focus Brands from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts where he served as senior vice president of franchise development and led franchise sales and development for 20 brands across the U.S. and Canada. He has a track record of breaking growth records and working closely with franchisees and departmental teams. Before joining Wyndham, he held a variety of sales roles at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Phoenix Life Insurance Company.