35-Year Industry Veteran Selected After Nationwide Search; Turnaround Executive Will Hold Title of “CEO and Partner” for Leading Casual Dining Steakhouse
Following an extensive nationwide search, Logan’s Roadhouse announced today that 35-year industry veteran and proven restaurant turnaround executive Hazem Ouf has been named its CEO and Partner. In his new role, Ouf will also serve as a member of the Logan’s Roadhouse Board of Directors.
Ouf brings broad and extensive restaurant experience to the leading casual dining steakhouse. He has been President & CEO of numerous national restaurant chains, including most recently American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH).
“Not only does Hazem have broad and extensive restaurant industry experience, but his exceptional leadership qualities, unique skill set and proven track record of success make him the perfect fit for this position,” said Philip Berney, Logan’s Board Chairman and co-CEO of Kelso & Company. “Hazem has demonstrated proven leadership in brand revitalization, reversing sales declines and significantly improving financial performance. He’s done all of this while developing great cultures and exceptional operating management teams.”
Berney pointed to Mr. Ouf’s significant experience with successful mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant industry and his turnaround acumen, which he said should prove advantageous in growing the business and enhancing value for its stakeholders group. “It will take a unique leader with the right skill set to get us where we all want Logan’s Roadhouse to be now and in the future. We’re pleased to have Hazem join us as CEO and Partner and look forward to his contributions,” Berney added.
“I’m delighted to form this new partnership with the stakeholders group and to lead this iconic brand forward,” said Hazem Ouf. “Our goal is to position Logan’s Roadhouse to regain its leadership role in the category and to successfully provide growth opportunities for all of our team members while maximizing value for all of our stakeholders. I’m eager to start making a positive contribution and am excited about the future possibilities to use Logan’s Roadhouse as a platform for future growth and acquisitions.”
Ouf began his career in London, England with the Rank Organization. Over the past 35 years, he has directed, managed and developed a wide range of full-service restaurant concepts, including ABRH from March 2009 to September 2016. At ABRH (O’Charley’s, 99 Restaurant and Pub, Village Inn, Bakers Square, Legendary Baking), he grew the company’s revenue exponentially through internal growth and acquisitions as it became the eighth largest full-service restaurant group in the country. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including Top Business Leaders 2013, and he was recently nominated by his peers to the Nation’s Restaurant News 2015 list of most influential power players.
Logan’s Roadhouse is a leading casual dining steakhouse headquartered in Nashville, TN. Offering wood-fire grilled steaks, signature yeast roll and American-inspired signature favorites for 25 years, Logan’s has 221 corporate and franchise restaurants in 23 states. For more information, visit www.logansroadhouse.com. To become a fan of Logan’s Roadhouse on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/Logans.Roadhouse.