Specht-Palmert takes over as CEO for the Wisconsin-based sandwich chain. 

Cousins Subs founder and CEO Bill Specht has retired. Christine Specht-Palmert, his daughter, becomes president and CEO for the Wisconsin-based sandwich chain. Specht will continue to serve as chairman of the board for Cousins.

Specht and his cousin Jim Sheppard opened the first Cousins Subs at the corner of 60th Street and Silver Spring Drive in Milwaukee in 1972. Cousins Subs currently operates statewide in Wisconsin and has stores in Minnesota and Arizona.