MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) (“the Company”), today announced that Judith A. Shoulak will retire as EVP and President, North America, effective June 30, 2017.
“On behalf of the entire management team, I would like to thank Judy for her nearly 16 years of tireless service at Buffalo Wild Wings,” said Sally Smith, Chief Executive Officer and President of Buffalo Wild Wings. “Judy has played a key role in a wide variety of executive capacities and her intimate knowledge of the restaurant business has enabled her to be an agent of positive change throughout the Company. We are very grateful to Judy for her dedication and leadership and wish her the best in the future.”
Ms. Shoulak commented, “I am proud of the Company’s accomplishments during my tenure and the recent progress we have made in implementing our strategic plan. Buffalo Wild Wings is an extraordinary company and it has been an honor to come to work here every day. While I will miss working with a great leadership team, talented team members and dedicated franchisees, I am confident that Buffalo Wild Wings is on track to achieve its objectives as it becomes an even stronger, more profitable restaurant company.”
The Company intends to eliminate the President, North America position upon Ms. Shoulak’s retirement. Ms. Shoulak’s team will report to our Chief Operating Officer upon Ms. Shoulak’s retirement.
About The Company
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings(R) restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ(TM) to Blazin'(R). Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,220 Buffalo Wild Wings locations around the world.
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Forward Looking Statements
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