Phil Keiser, Culver's president and CEO, died on Oct. 15, 2016. Co-founder Craig Culver will assume the role of interim CEO until the burger chain names a successor.
“Phil's legacy is rooted in integrity,” said Joe Koss, CFO of Culver's. “He worked tirelessly to better himself and our company. We'll strive to emulate his focus, his drive and his dedication to doing the right thing.”
Keiser had more than 35 years of food industry and restaurant management experience. He joined the Culver's organization in 1996 and held several positions, including director of operations and vice president of operations, before being named president and chief operating officer in 2003. He was named president and CEO in 2015. Prior to joining Culver's, he held various management positions with Burger Chef and Hardee's.
Keiser is survived by his wife Betsy, and his children: son Nate, wife Bethany and their children Caprina, Linea and Landon; son Nick, wife Maria and their child Harper; and daughter Kelsey.