Len Carpenter, Bertucci’s Corporation
Bertucci’s Corporation is pleased to announce the hiring of Len Carpenter as CEO and the newest member of its executive team.
Carpenter will lead Bertucci’s operations team and will be responsible for its 95 restaurants.
He has over 35 years of hospitality industry experience, spending the majority of his career at the Ninety-Nine Restaurants, most recently as its executive vice president of operations.
During his tenure, Carpenter was part of the executive team that led the sale of Ninety-Nine Restaurants to O’Charley’s in 2003, and remained with the new owners for five years subsequent to the sale. For the past two years, Carpenter has been a franchise owner and developer of The Meat House, a retail butcher concept in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
“Len’s proven success in the restaurant industry makes him an ideal choice to join our leadership team,” says David Lloyd, CEO of Bertucci’s.
“Len brings a great mix of experience, energy and fresh ideas to this critical role in our company. He is one of the top operations executives in the casual dining industry. Len will add tremendous value as we strive to deliver the highest quality menu, best in class hospitality and the world’s best pizza. We are very fortunate to bring in someone of Len’s caliber to head up our operations team and help lead the company.”
“Bertucci’s is a great restaurant company,” Carpenter says. “It’s a concept with a rich heritage and has evolved around a culture of people, the brick oven and pizza. It was extremely attractive to me because of their belief in quality and philosophy of taking care of people. This is a perfect fit and I am excited about working with the entire Bertucci’s family.”
Nell Roney, Beanstalk
Beanstalk, the world’s leading brand licensing agency and consultancy, has announced the appointment of Nell Roney as senior vice president, Brand Acquisitions.
In her new position, Roney will be responsible for leveraging her industry experience and extensive network of relationships to partner best-in-class manufacturers and retailers with the most sought-after brands. Roney will report directly to Allison Ames, president, North America, Beanstalk.
Beanstalk Brand Acquisitions was created to assist consumer product manufacturers as well as retailers in identifying and licensing strategic properties for competitive advantage. Roney will leverage over 25 years of experience in brand licensing, brand management and marketing across a broad range of product categories to accelerate agency growth in 2012 and beyond.
“Our brand acquisitions service continues to be a significant growth area for Beanstalk and represents one of the many ways that our knowledge of brands, trends, consumer attitudes and licensing can benefit our clients,” says Ames. “Nell’s extensive and compelling experience as a licensee, licensor, and agent will provide the direction necessary to continue our growth in this discipline.”
A leader in brand licensing, Roney has managed programs across many licensing segments including corporate and trademark licensing, entertainment and character properties, sports and art properties, and promotions.
On the agency front, she has been instrumental in developing and managing licensing programs for a host of key clients in the consumer packaged goods industry across categories including household products, consumer electronics, health and beauty, and automotive, among others.
Prior to that, Roney managed licensing initiatives, as a licensee, for a number of prestigious companies in food and beverage, home textiles, and housewares industries.
“As brand licensing has earned its seat at the marketing table, companies continue to seek valuable partnerships with well-known brands in order to effectively reach new consumers and differentiate themselves from their competitors,” said Roney.
“Beanstalk Brand Acquisitions is uniquely qualified to assist clients in succeeding in today’s challenging retail market by providing access to best-in-class licensors from around the world. I am excited about leading this strategic business for the company and look forward to creating long-term, valuable partnerships for our clients.”
Beanstalk Brand Acquisitions provides clients with an in-depth, strategic analysis of relevant licensing opportunities consistent with their goals and objectives. Over the years, Beanstalk has engaged in brand license acquisitions for companies across industries including fashion, optical, jewelry, home textiles and consumer electronics.