Multiconcept operator SPB Hospitality appointed Josh Kern as interim chief executive officer.
Kern subsequently appointed SPB veteran Jessica Hagler to serve as the company’s chief financial officer. SPB is the parent company of such restaurant chains as Logan’s Roadhouse and Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, among others.
Kern most recently served as president of concepts at SPB Hospitality, overseeing marketing, culinary, beverage, supply chain, and information technology. He previously held leadership positions with several restaurant groups including Quiznos, American Blue-Ribbon Holdings, Smashburger, and Cerca Trova Restaurant Concepts. Kern began his restaurant career working on White Castle with J. Walter Thompson advertising agency.
Hagler has served as interim CFO for SPB Hospitality since April 2022. She was previously vice president, CFO, treasurer and secretary of J. Alexander’s until its acquisition by SPB Hospitality last year.