Captain D’s Appoints Laurie Lawhorne as Chief Financial Officer

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New executive joins quick service seafood chain after leaving global investment firm; Yum Brands.

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Throughout 2011, Captain D’s CEO & President Phil Greifeld has continued to deliver a bold approach to reinvigorating his established brand, Captain D’s. In yet another positive move for the 527-location quick service chain, Greifeld has announced the hiring of Laurie Lawhorne, Captain D’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

“We were very methodical in identifying the ideal match for our CFO position, as the role is a critical piece to our continued success,” he said. “Laurie Lawhorne fits our ideals, especially with her depth of experience in food service and financing.”

Prior to joining Captain D’s, Lawhorne built an extensive and credible career in finance as, most recently, Vice President of Capital and Corporate Planning for Hudson Advisors, a global investment fund with $24 billion in assets under management. Prior to Hudson Advisors, she spent 17 years with Yum Brands, in which she served as Director of Field Finance, responsible for leading a finance team in providing support to Pizza Hut’s 1,300 company-owned restaurants in 24 markets with $1.3 billion in sales.

She also led Yum Brands as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, where she had direct planning responsibilities for 12,000 international restaurants in over 100 countries. Additionally, Lawhorne served as Manager of Tax for Taco Bell and held various financial roles at PepsiCo. She is a CPA and graduated from Texas A&M University.

At Captain D’s, Lawhorne is directly responsible for all financial functions and information technology.

“The powerful executive team matched with a progressive growth strategy made Captain D’s the right next step for my career,” she said. “I look forward to applying my experience to this great brand.”

“This year has been full of advancements. We have built a strong infrastructure that prepares us for 2012 and beyond,” Greifeld said.

About Captain D’s
Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Captain D's owns, operates and franchises 527 restaurants in 25 states, plus military bases around the world. Captain D's offers its customers great seafood at reasonable prices in a relaxed environment. Captain D's restaurants serve a widely varied seafood menu that includes freshly prepared entrees, and the company's signature fried fish which is freshly hand-battered and prepared to order to ensure freshness. The restaurants also offer premium-quality grilled or baked fish, as well as shrimp, chicken, an expanded selection of home-style side dishes, hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, southern style sweet tea, a Captain D's favorite. Please visit http://www.captainds.com.

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