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Church's Texas Chicken® Executive Team The Executive Team

Joe Guith
Chief Executive Officer
Joe Guith leads Church’s Texas Chicken® and Texas Chicken® international restaurants with the goal to position the business as the global franchisor of choice, helping franchisees realize the dream of business ownership.

With over 30 years’ experience in food service, consumer products and retail, he understands the power of people. Joe has a passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams.

With over 1,500 locations, in 26 countries, Joe leads strategic initiatives designed to drive growth, serving guests across the globe.

Guith joins us from Focus Brands, where he was Restaurant Category President overseeing a portfolio of over 1,500 restaurants across the Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, and Schlotzsky’s brands. Previously, he held Brand President positions at McAlister's Deli and Cinnabon, with both brands realizing steady growth, expanded customer bases and improved unit level economics during his tenure. Earlier in his career, Guith served as General Manager of the KFC South Territory, a region that included more than 1,500 restaurants, 200+ franchisees, and system revenues of $1.5 billion. He also served in several roles for The Coca-Cola Company in a global capacity, working with franchise bottlers across six continents.

When Joe isn’t growing the Church’s Texas Chicken® and Texas Chicken® brand, he’s helping the community by eliminating barriers to opportunity. Joe serves on the National Board for Goodwill Industries International Inc., supporting their mission to help the underserved reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.

Joe received his BBA, Marketing and MBA, Finance and Strategy from the University of Michigan.

Dusty Profumo
EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Every successful business needs somebody who’s great at math. That’s Dusty Profumo. He’s a seasoned financial veteran with more than 25 years of experience within the restaurant and hospitality sector. As our EVP and Chief Financial Officer, his responsibilities include accounting, tax, business planning, investor and lending relations, as well as risk and supply chain management.

Before joining Church’s®, Dusty was Chief Financial Officer of Avado Brands, Inc, the parent company of Don Pablo’s® Mexican Kitchens and Hops Restaurant Bar and Brewery, where he led the successful divestiture of the company’s 279 Applebee’s® restaurants. Before that he was the CFO of Randstad North America Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of one of the largest publicly traded employment and staffing companies in the world.

Karen Viera
SVP, Human Resources
Chief People Officer at Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken, Internationally, Karen J. Viera leads strategic planning, compliance, and all HR functions, including Internal Communications. Karen leads the People Excellence Committee for Church’s Texas Chicken with is a sub-committee of the Excellence Advisory Council focused on strategy execution for the Brand. She reports directly to the CEO and has oversight for International Human Resources and US.

Karen’s also has experience working with medical and insurance Fortune 500 and Fortune 300 companies in their top and senior-level HR positions. She was formerly the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for MCIC Vermont LLC, held the position of Regional Senior Director of Human Resources for Wellcare Health Plans Inc., and served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Assurant Inc.

Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Florida International University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources from Trinity International University – both based in Miami, FL. Karen is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, holds a Senior Professional Human Resources Management Certification (HCRI), and is a DiSC Certified Training Instructor. She is currently serving her third-term appointment by Governor Deal to the State Workforce Development Board and is Chair of the Adult and Dislocated Workers Committee for the State of Georgia.

Craig S. Prusher
EVP, Chief Legal Officer
Craig Prusher would love to tell you his job is easy. But the truth is there’s a lot of legal work that comes with franchising and operating restaurants all over the world. As Church’s® General Counsel, Craig handles all the nitty-gritty legal details of our global business including franchise law, acquisitions and divestitures, intellectual property, human resources, real estate and litigation.

He joins Church’s® after 19 years at Burger King Corporation where he was responsible for franchising, real estate, and government and industry relations in North and Latin America as VP, Assistant General Counsel. Previously, he was an associate in the corporate department of two Boston law firms, Warner & Stackpole and Nutter, McClennen & Fish.

Craig graduated with a B.A. from Boston University and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law.

Brendan Berg
Senior Vice President, Global Operations Services
For the last 5+ years, Brendan Berg has specialized in creating restaurant management tools and systems that deliver the Total Guest Experience, improve operational KPIs, increase restaurant profitability and add incremental value to the Church’s Texas Chicken® organization.

Brendan works side-by-side with franchise operators and business partners to develop practical solutions that have a positive impact on the business. Over the last two years, Brendan has led the implementation of third-party home delivery for the Church’s Texas Chicken domestic market, which has seen a huge increase in restaurant sales.

Brendan enjoys leveraging technology to help guide Restaurant Managers and Market Leaders throughout their workday, improving operational consistency and driving higher Guest Satisfaction scores. In 2016, he led the installation of drive-thru timers in every U.S. restaurant and in 2017 implemented a propriety web-based production tool to help franchisees accurately forecast products. He also led the development and rollout of a proprietary Operations-focused mobile app.

Russ Sumrall
SVP, International Strategic Development
Bringing the Legendary Flavorful Taste of Texas to the World is the goal. Russ Sumrall leads the strategic expansion of our international brands: Church’s Texas Chicken across the Americas and Texas Chicken throughout Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Russ leads all development functions, including design, real estate, construction, and new business development. Russ reports to the CEO.

Russ’s straightforward approach has established him as an expert in effectively launching brands with franchisees globally. He also brings expertise in ensuring financial returns for franchise investors.

During Russ’ more than four-decade career in the quick service restaurant industry, he has touched nearly every aspect of the chicken QSR business domestically and internationally. Russ began his career at the age of 16 cooking and selling chicken. Since that humble start, he has been a key leader in the areas of restaurant operations, franchise operations, human resources, training and development, operations research and development, product development, new business development and international development. Since 2000 his focus has been on international development and has directly led the launch of chicken brands in more than 35 countries to date.

Russ holds a Masters in Global Hospitality Management from Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in International Trade & Finance from Louisiana State University.

Randy Lawrence
SVP, Global Supply Chain / Quality Assurance
With over 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Randy brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken supply chain and quality assurance teams. Delivering a high quality, cost effective and reliable supply of goods and services throughout the globe while maintaining the highest degree of efficiency has proven to be a winning strategy.

Before joining Church’s executive team, Randy held a variety of high profile positions within the food service industry for several major brands including Starbucks, Papa Johns, Bojangles and Sara Lee. Randy’s hands-on leadership style was developed early and includes broad experience in every facet of the supply chain model from planning, sourcing, quality control, logistics, and contract negotiations to purchasing and inventory management. Randy is also diligent in industry benchmarking and applying best practices to improve business performance.

Randy graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, with a BS in Accounting and received his MBA from Berry College in Rome, GA. For wisdom, Randy gains inspiration from a small but mighty guru, Yoda, of Star Wars. “Do or do not. There is no try,” is one of Randy’s favorite Jedi master quotes and is a principle that has guided him both personally and professionally throughout his life.

Ahnaf Ali
Vice President, Technology and Digital Platforms
Ahnaf brings with him more than 20 years of successfully blending technical and business skills to grow three of the world’s largest restaurant brands.

A systematic team builder who specializes in developing technology solutions focused on data influenced product planning, value definition, prioritization and strategy development, Ahnaf most recent served as VP of Technology for BurgerFi International, where he led and shaped how technology is leveraged in BurgerFi corporate office and in restaurants worldwide. Prior to Church’s, Ahnaf implemented and supported data solutions at IPC, Subway® and Burger King Corporation.

In this role, Ahnaf leads daily technology operations and serves as a catalyst for growth by improving the effectiveness and performance of the IT and PMO organizations to accelerate base business growth, enable new sales and grow consumer demand. Ahnaf spearheads the translation of strategic priorities of the business into specific tactics, including developing annual and long-term technology budgets and balancing budget requests with ROI analysis, among many other technical tasks.