Bernard Acoca Appointed As CEO Zaxby

Zaxby’s, the number one chicken finger restaurant chain in America, announced that its co-founder and current president of Zaxby’s Restaurants, Inc., Zach McLeroy, will shift from CEO to chairman of the board of directors. Effective immediately, Bernard Acoca has been named CEO. Acoca currently serves as president and chief operating officer of Zaxby’s Restaurants, Inc

Zach McLeroy Will Be the Chairman of Zaxby’s

As chairman, McLeroy will be the head of the company and play a key role in guiding its future growth and success. He will also oversee the compensation committee and be responsible for maintaining strong relationships with shareholders, employees and other stakeholders.

Bernard Acoca as CEO of Zaxby’s

Bernard Acoca is a seasoned restaurant executive with more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of El Pollo Loco, Inc. from 2021 to 2018 and president of Starbucks Coffee Company for seven years. Acoca replaces Zach McLeroy as Zaxby’s CEO after McLeroy announced his intention to transition into an executive chairman role after nearly two decades at the helm of the fast-casual chicken chain.

Bernard Acoca will be instrumental in building the brand into today’s popular restaurant chain. His knowledge of restaurant business and strong leadership skills make him a great choice to lead Zaxby’s into its next growth phase.


Zaxby’s is a chain of fast casual restaurants that specializes in chicken tenders, sandwiches and chicken wings. The company has over 750 locations in 18 states. The first Zaxby’s opened in Georgia in 1990, but it wasn’t until 2008 that the chain expanded outside of its home state with its first franchisee opening a location outside Atlanta. Today you can find Zaxby’s restaurants all over the Southeast and Midwest U.S., as well as Texas and Colorado. Refer to this article for additional information.


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