Del Taco promotes Chad Gretzema to become head of operations

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Del Taco Restaurants Inc. has promoted Chad Gretzema, right, to the new role of chief operating officer, the company said Monday.

The Lake Forest, Calif-based quick-service Mexican brand said Gretzema has been with Del Taco for seven years, most recently serving as senior vice president for strategic planning and innovation.

“Chad has been a key architect of many of our strategic combined solutions operational improvement efforts and is a trusted partner within the organization who knows how to help teams deliver superior results,” said John Cappasola, Jr., Del Taco’s president and CEO, in a statement.

“He has also been a passionate voice, ensuring strong cross-functional franchise support and enabling our franchise partners to successfully grow their businesses,” Cappasola said. The new COO role “will further our focus on great four-wall operations,” he said.

In the most recent Nation’s Restaurant News Top 200 census, Del Taco ranked No. 67 among brands in U.S. systemwide sales, with $817.8 million for the fiscal year ended in December.

Gretzema joined Del Taco in 2012. Previously, he worked in various positions in operations, training and marketing at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Phoenix Children’s Academy, Noodles & Company and Oscar Mayer Foods.

Del Taco, founded in 1964, has more than 580 restaurants in 14 states.

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