Whataburger Announces Leadership Team Promotion

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Company Names Joe Shannon Vice President, Chief Information Officer

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Our technology team is critical in moving our company toward continued success and growth, and Joe will continue to be a valuable asset in developing and inspiring our teams and thinking strategically for the future.

Whataburger announced today executive team member Joe Shannon has been promoted to a new leadership role within the company. Shannon will take on expanded duties and responsibilities as vice president, chief information officer for Whatabrands.

Shannon joined Whataburger in 2014 as the IT group director, CIO and spent the last two years developing and overseeing the implementation of the company’s technology roadmap. He is responsible for driving technology strategy and innovation, digital innovation and operation, including data management and analytics, as well as managing a technology team of more than 100 employees. The Texas Tech University graduate has over 26 years of experience in various technology management roles in Austin and San Antonio as well as experience as a network consultant during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

“Joe has been an integral part of the Whataburger team and has established an impressive track record of accomplishments,” said Whataburger Chief Executive Officer Preston Atkinson. “Our technology team is critical in moving our company toward continued success and growth, and Joe will continue to be a valuable asset in developing and inspiring our teams and thinking strategically for the future.”

Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 790 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually. Visit Whataburger.com for more information.

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