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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, 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 which 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 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 joined 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.

Tim Waddell
Executive Vice President of International Business
As an accomplished brand ambassador and people enthusiast, Tim Waddell is our Executive Vice President of International Business. Tim’s passion for building relationships and growing profits for franchisees can be traced back to his high school and college days when he worked holidays managing production lines at his neighborhood Honey Baked Ham.

As EVP of International Business for Church’s Texas Chicken® and Texas Chicken™, Tim supports international franchisees and oversees the international team in propelling the brand’s growth across the Americas and throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. With over 20 years of international development experience, Tim is an industry leader whose aim is to prioritize building and managing international franchise relations while maximizing profitability and growth for our international brands.

His previous roles include Vice President and Managing Director of International Development for Inspire Brands where he drove international growth for Arby’s, Baskin Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s and Sonic. Prior to Inspire Brands, Tim spent almost a decade leading international growth for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

Tim received a bachelor’s degree in International Business, with concentrations in Marketing and Spanish from the University of Georgia. He completed his postgraduate work in Southwest China and is conversational in both Spanish and Chinese.

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.