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FOCUS Brands Books Former Hotel Exec as Next CEO

Former Hilton executive Jim Holthouser was appointed CEO for multiconcept operator FOCUS Brands. Holthouser replaces Jim DeSutter, who retired after six years with FOCUS Brands.

Holthouser spent more than 20 years at Hilton in various leadership roles, most recently serving as executive vice president, global brands, marketing and loyalty for Hilton Worldwide.

FOCUS Brands’ portfolio of restaurant chains includes Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli, Schlotzsky's, and Seattle's Best Coffee.