Long John Silver’s names former McDonald’s executive COO


James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
April 15, 2015

Long John Silver’s, the largest quick-service seafood chain in the United States, has named Brian Unger as chief operating officer.

Unger began his 30-year career in the foodservice industry as a manager trainee at McDonald’s before moving into international leadership positions in the Caribbean and Latin America. He achieved the positions of senior VP of McDonald’s USA and VP of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada.

After more than 25 years with McDonald’s, the U.S. Marine Corps veteran joined the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. as COO, where he worked alongside James O’Reilly, who was recently appointed as Long John Silver’s CEO.

“We were very methodical in our search for the right COO candidate,” said O’Reilly. “Because of my previous experience working with Brian, I’m confident in his character and his ability to deliver the same impressive results to Long John Silver’s that he’s achieved throughout his career.”

“James and I have similar leadership styles,” Unger added. “We’re passionate about the brand, and ready to build upon the great success that Long John Silver’s has had domestically and internationally while igniting change that will make it the best seafood restaurant in the quick-service category.”

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