Melissa Strait was Promoted to Chief People Officer at Arbys Restaurant Group

Date of management change: October 23, 2014 

What Happened?

Atlanta, GA-based Arbys Restaurant Group has Promoted Melissa Strait as Chief People Officer


About the Company

Arby`s Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading international quick-service restaurant company operating and franchising nearly 3,400 restaurants worldwide. Arby`s was the first nationally franchised, coast-to-coast sandwich chain and has been serving fresh, craveable meals since it opened its doors in 1964. The Arby`s Brand strives to inspire smiles through delicious experiences. We are on a never-ending quest for the perfect sandwich, starting with the Classic Roast Beef and French Dip to the deli-style Market Fresh line of sandwiches and salads.


About the Person

Melissa Strait is the Chief People Officer at Arby`s Restaurant Group, Inc.   Prior to that, Melissa was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development at Arby`s Restaurant Group, Inc.   In this role Strait is responsible for leading the strategy, development and execution of key organizational effectiveness and talent management programs across the company.   Strait has been with Arby`s since 1984, when she started as a team member working in an Arby`s restaurant in her home state of Michigan.   Originally from Muskegon, MI, Strait graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor`s of Arts degree in psychology. As a teenager, she learned leadership and guest service skills at the frontline of Arby`s operations in order to work her way through college.   In 1995, she became director of training and then her career quickly progressed as she worked for both Arby`s franchisees and eventually the franchisor. Strait was named Vice President of Training and Development in 2000 before later becoming Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development.


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