The Krystal Company Appoints Catherine Jefferson Chief People Officer

Seasoned QSR and Hospitality Executive to Bring Experience to Iconic Brand

The Krystal Company Appoints Catherine Jefferson Chief People Officer
Catherine Jefferson

The Krystal Company announced today that it has appointed Catherine Jefferson as Chief People Officer, effective immediately. Most recently with Popeyes, Jefferson brings over 20 years of experience to her new role at Krystal.

“We are very fortunate to be able to bring someone of Catherine’s caliber to our executive leadership team,” said Omar Janjua, Chief Executive Officer for The Krystal Company.  “Catherine’s results at Popeyes and leadership contributions to organizations, like the School of Hospitality at Georgia State University, showcase why we’re so excited to have her join us.”

As Chief People Officer, Jefferson will be responsible for integrating Krystal’s core values in to all aspects of the system’s day-to-day business.  She will also lead all human resource functions, talent development, and culture support for The Krystal Company, serving more than 240 company operated restaurants and 6,000 employees.

Jefferson is a veteran of the quick-service restaurant (QSR) and hospitality industries with experience in human resources and talent development for such organizations as Hilton Hotels Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, where she most recently served as Vice President, People Services.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a talented team and look forward to the continued enhancement of The Krystal Company’s reputation as a place where superstars want to come and thrive,” said Jefferson.  “My top priority is ensuring that we create an environment where existing and new team members can be successful and that this great brand can continue to be successful for another 85 years.”

Jefferson holds a master’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from Morris Brown College.  She also was a 2014 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.The Krystal Company Appoints Catherine Jefferson Chief People Officer

Founded in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1932, The Krystal Company is the oldest quick service restaurant chain in the South.  Its hamburgers are still served fresh and hot off the grill on the iconic square bun at more than 350 restaurants in 11 states. Krystal’s Atlanta-based Restaurant Support Center serves a team of 6,000 employees.  For more information, visit or or follow the brand on Twitter and Instagram @Krystal.