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Sizzler USA Updates Management Team

Casual dining chain adds purchasing and operations VPs and announces promotions as it prepares for growth.

Sizzler USA added two vice presidents to its managerial ranks and promoted six associates in anticipation of rapid growth.

Richard Pineda joined Sizzler as vice president of purchasing and supply chain. He previously directed purchasing at McCormick & Schmick's and Kahala, a franchisor of familiar brands such as Cold Stone Creamery, Blimpies and Great Steak & Potato.

A 30-year Sizzler veteran, Forbes Collins became vice president of company and franchise operations. Since joining Sizzler as a dishwasher when he was teenager, Collins has held cook, general manager, district manager and regional manager positions, as well as others. Most recently, he was senior director of operations.

Promoted from within Sizzler USA were:

  • Khalad Bagul is executive director of safety, security and training, where he is responsible for the safety and security of Sizzler's guests, staff and assets.
  • Mark Lyso became executive director of franchise development, with new responsibilities involving real estate and restaurant site selections.
  • Katie Cameron ascended to senior director of marketing services, with increased duties for implementing restaurant programs as well as serving as key liaison with research and development, training, information technology and operations.
  • Laurie Lyso will oversee support center operations and assist headquarters departments as well as handle all company events, conferences and meetings as director of office administration.
  • Steve Zarubi and Robert Clark became senior business partners, offering guidance to company and franchise restaurants.

In addition, Jerry Delaney joined Sizzler as controller, overseeing all accounting functions.