Twenty-year restaurant and franchising veteran takes new role with the restaurant chain.

Wingstop has named David Vernon its senior vice president of development. In his new role, Vernon will oversee the franchise development, construction and real estate departments.

Vernon joined Wingstop in October 2010 as vice president of franchise sales. Vernon previously spent 13 years as vice president of sales at Sonic Corporation. Prior to that, he held development positions for Brinker International, Pizza Inn, Inc., USA Cafes and Signature Foods.