Log In

Truett Cathy steps down as CEO of Chick-fil-A

Comments 0

Free access to myAJC for AJC subscribers.


Staff writers Arielle Kass and Kelly Yamanouchi contributed to this story.


What the future holds for Chick-fil-A and its new CEO with founder Truett Cathy stepping down.

Truett Cathy

The founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Chick-fil-A has stepped down.

Age: 92

Childhood: Atlanta native

Restaurants: First opened the Dwarf Grill (later renamed Dwarf House), in 1946 with brother Ben. First day’s sales $58.20.

Opened the first Chick-fil-A in Greenbriar Mall in 1967. First free-standing location opens in 1986 on North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta. Today, there are more than 1, 700 Chick-fil-A restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Sales exceeded $4.6 billion last year.

Philanthropy: Created WinShape Foundation in 1984; company also provides millions in scholarships to Chick-fil-A employees and Berry College students.

Family: Wife, Jeannette; two sons, Dan and Don, both top Chick-fil-A executives; daughter, Trudy Cathy White.

Source: Staff research

Most Read
Things To Do By