Former KFC executive Larry Roberts has been named chief financial officer for the El Pollo Loco, the company announced Tuesday.
Roberts, who replaces former chief financial officer Gary Campanaro, has three decades of experience in the industry. He spent the last 20 years at Yum! Brands Inc., where most recently he was chief operating officer for KFC.
Previously, he spent three years as KFC’s divisional chief financial officer and, prior to that, served as CFO of Pizza Hut in the United Kingdom.
At El Pollo Loco, Roberts will play a central role in formulating financial strategy and will work with senior leadership to drive growth and increase profits for the grilled chicken chain, the company said. He will also be responsible for investor relations, information technology and risk management, among other duties, reporting directly to president and chief executive Steve Sather.
Based in Costa Mesa, Calif., El Pollo Loco operates and franchises close to 400 restaurants, primarily in the West.