Johnny Rockets, the franchisor and operator of Johnny Rockets restaurants, announced the appointment of Susanne Stover, who will be joining the company as its new chief financial officer and member of its executive team. Stover will be reporting directly to chief executive officer, Charles Bruce, and will lead and implement effective strategies to drive growth and a financial infrastructure for the brand.

Bruce says, "I am thrilled to welcome Susanne to Johnny Rockets. She has the right focus and relevant experience with a solid track record in leading long-term growth strategies in the restaurant, e-commerce, entertainment and real estate industries. Susanne's strong business and financial acumen and deep understanding of our business makes her uniquely qualified to help drive growth and success for all our stakeholders."  

Before joining Johnny Rockets, Stover was the senior vice president and chief financial officer at the New York Racing Association, where she was responsible for developing and implementing financial infrastructure and driving strategic growth. In addition, she identified, analyzed, and implemented cost-cutting and revenue generating programs for the racing company that has three thoroughbred racetracks and 1,500 employees. Stover has held leadership positions as the chief financial officer for Rosa Mexicano restaurant chain and controller at the casual dining restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen. Earlier in her career, Stover held positions at The Walt Disney Company, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Ernst & Young.

Susanne Stover will be based in Orange County, California, at Johnny Rockets corporate headquarters.

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