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Bernard Acoca

Bernard Acoca was just named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zaxby’s! The new CEO will be the fifth person to take on the role since 2008. The new Zaxby’s CEO is confident, not afraid of hard work, and ready to take on the challenge of being the CEO. But he has competition for this position!

The three candidates for Zaxby’s’ CEO are Bernard Acoca, Paul Donato, and Phil Zaloom. The decision as to who will become the new CEO of Zaxby’s will be in Zach McLeroy’s hands. To decide who will be the new leader of this fast-food chain based out of Statesboro, Georgia, McLeroy must determine which candidate can best lead this organization through its next phase while maintaining its legacy as a family-owned company.

Zaxby’s CEO will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. The new CEO will also be responsible for “leadership, strategic planning, and overall management of corporate services,” according to McLeroy.

Acoca has been integral to Zaxby’s growth over the last decade. He has worked with McLeroy in various positions on both a managing and administrative level.

The Chief Executive Officer’s position comes with a lot of perks; Acoca will receive $750,000 per year (a 119% increase from his previous base salary). The CEO will also get a 10-year non-compete clause, which is still low compared to other fast-food CEOs.

The family-owned Zaxby’s has enjoyed significant growth since McLeroy and Acoca took over the company in 2005. Today, more than 370 Zaxby’s are located throughout the US, Georgia, and Alabama. Zaxby’s is still family owned and operated.

Zaxby’s Chicken is a fast-food restaurant that serves chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items like waffles and biscuit sandwiches, in addition to sides like French fries and onion rings. The restaurant has grown considerably since McLeroy founded it in Statesboro, Georgia, in 1990.

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