FOCUS Brands

April 26, 2011 10:45 ET

FOCUS Brands International Names John Reale Chief Operating Officer

Former Brinker Executive to Lead International Field Operations and New Business Development for Multi-Concept Franchisor

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2011) - FOCUS Brands announced today that it has hired John Reale as Chief Operating Officer of FOCUS Brands International. The restaurant industry veteran will oversee global field operations and new business development for over 825 international Carvel® Ice Cream, Cinnabon®, Seattle's Best Coffee®, Schlotzsky's®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Auntie Anne's® locations in 50 countries.

Reale most recently served as President of Global Business for Brinker International where he led all Brinker brands outside the U.S. with 217 locations and annual sales of over $550M. In this role, Reale was responsible for the development of over 100 restaurants in less than three years, doubling Brinker's international presence while improving profitability over 60%. Prior to this role, he held the positions of Interim President, Chief Operating Officer and Regional Vice President for Brinker's Romano's Macaroni Grill concept.

Before joining Brinker, Reale spent seven years with Carlson Restaurants Worldwide where he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Friday's International, in addition to holding executive roles with the company's Emerging Brands Division and Italianni's brand. During his time, Reale spearheaded the international development of T.G.I. Friday's through Europe, Asia, Middle East and Latin America, and opened more than 100 restaurants in less than three years, making the international division larger than the U.S. domestic franchise division.

"These are exciting times for our international team," said FOCUS Brands International President Mike Shattuck. "John brings a tremendous amount of expertise and knowledge to our team, and his stellar reputation is well-known around the globe. With his guidance and the recent addition of the Auntie Anne's brand, we anticipate exponential growth for all our brands in the coming years."

About FOCUS Brands
FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 3,300 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 50 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky's®, Moe's Southwest Grill®, and Auntie Anne's®, as well as the franchisor of Seattle's Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Based in Atlanta, the primary objective of FOCUS Brands is to "FOCUS on making people happy." Please visit to learn more.

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