Johnny Rockets has named former horse racing executive Susanne Stover chief financial officer, the company said Wednesday.

Stover replaces former Johnny Rockets CFO Chad Hope, who left the company to pursue other opportunities.

Before joining Johnny Rockets, Stover was senior vice president and CFO of the New York Racing Association, where she was responsible for developing and implementing financial infrastructure and driving strategic growth for the company, which has three thoroughbred racetracks.

She was previously CFO of Rosa Mexicano restaurants, and served as controller at California Pizza Kitchen.

Charles Bruce, Johnny Rockets CEO, said Stover “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.”

Based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Johnny Rockets operates and franchises more than 350 locations in 26 countries.

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