Tijuana Flats Burrito Co. has named Brad Kaemmer chief executive, the company said Wednesday.

Kaemmer, who takes the position in June, will succeed founder and co-owner Brian Wheeler, who will shift his focus to the Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen concept in Winter Park, Fla., which he helped create, the company said.

“I’m excited about the fresh perspectives Brad brings to the table and the proven leadership skills he brings,” Wheeler said.


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Kaemmer most recently served as chief operating office of Boca Restaurant Group in Ohio. Prior to that role, he spent more than 10 years at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, including time as a regional vice president.

Kaemmer will report to Tijuana Flats chairman and co-owner J. Camp Fitch.

“As we add new restaurants in Florida and other states, we’ll continue to seek talent from both inside and outside our company to help us build on the strong performance we’ve achieved,” Fitch said in a statement.

Wheeler will continue to serve on Tijuana Flats’ board and remain involved in strategic decisions for the brand, the company said.

Tijuana Flats president Tony Sperrazza will report to Kaemmer and continue to be responsible for operations and oversee all area supervisors.

Orlando, Fla.-based Tijuana Flats Burrito Co. has 93 fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurants.

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