Former Sonic executive O’Reilly to helm Long John Silver’s


James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
February 24, 2015

Leading U.S. quick-service seafood restaurant chain Long John Silver's on Tuesday named James O'Reilly its new chief executive officer.

O'Reilly brings to the role more than 20 years of foodservice leadership to the nation’s largest seafood chain. His most recent stint was chief brand officer for Sonic Drive-In.

O'Reilly has served in a variety of domestic and international leadership positions for prominent brands like Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Yum! Brands and Procter and Gamble. He earned an MBA from York University and B.S. in biochemistry from McMaster University.

“I am very pleased that James has accepted the position of CEO for Long John Silver’s,” said Rick Duffy, chairman of the board for LJS Partners. “James brings the right combination of brand building, system leadership, and innovation to the LJS system. I am confident that his leadership of the brand will poise the company for growth in the years ahead.”

“I’m pleased to join the team at Long John Silver’s,” O’Reilly added. “It's an iconic brand, and I look forward to drawing upon my knowledge of the quick-service industry to give consumers more reasons to love Long John Silver’s.”

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