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Jamba to Relocate to Texas

Company to open a new test kitchen in its Whirl’d Center.

Jamba, Inc., parent company for Jamba Juice, plans to relocate its company headquarters to Frisco, Texas from its current home of Emeryville, Calif. Jamba also announced changes to its organizational structure and leadership team.

As part of the company’s move to Texas, Jamba will transition its California Support Center operations to Frisco over the next six months. The Frisco location will serve as headquarters for Jamba’s operations, business development, sales and marketing, finance, supply chain, technology, HR and other corporate functions. Following this transition, Jamba will close its Emeryville office.

Jamba’s new headquarters will be located in a LEED certified state-of-the-art facility. The new Jamba Whirl’d Center will include 25,000 square feet of office and collaboration space as well as a test kitchen for product innovation. This move will affect approximately 120 employees in Emeryville. Following the move, Jamba will employ approximately 100 team members in Frisco, a mixture of team members who relocate from Emeryville as well as newly hired team members in Texas.

Jamba has 1,000 company employees in California; additionally franchisee partners have more than 5,000 employees in 407 stores across the state. The company also intends to continue to open new stores and increase jobs within the California market.

In addition to the relocation announcement, the Company announced a restructuring of the overall organization and several changes in leadership.

Karen Luey, executive vice president, chief financial and administrative officer, has informed the company that she will not relocate to Texas with the move. Marie Perry will join the organization later this month, and after a transitionary period will succeed Luey as CFO.  Perry was most recently senior vice president, treasurer and controller at Brinker International. One of her immediate priorities will be to establish the new finance team in Texas, where she currently resides.

The Company also announced additional leadership changes:

  • Steve Adkins, senior vice president of operations, will assume operations leadership for all store formats including: traditional, non-traditional, express and JambaGo.
  • Dale Goss, senior vice president of development, will be responsible for all real estate and business development activities including new unit development, new franchise development, and new account development
  • Arnaud Joliff, senior vice president of supply chain and IT, will add responsibility for the company’s international business along with his current supply chain and IT organizations.

These moves follow the realignment of Jamba’s New Ventures team which will be absorbed into each of the organizations above. Following a transition of responsibilities, Tom Madsen, senior vice president of New Ventures, will leave the organization.