Chick-fil-A names new marketing, financial officers

Jon Bridges and Brent Ragsdale have been named chief marketing officer and chief financial officer respectively at Chick-fil-A as the fast-food giant makes changes in the face of retirements and adds new faces to its executive committee.

Bridges, 51, replaces long-time Chick-fil-A CMO Steve Robinson, who helmed the marketing department for more than 30 years and will retire at the end of the year. Bridges, who has been the company’s chief information officer and vice president of customer experience, joined Chick-fil-A in 1992.

Ragsdale, who joined Chick-fil-A as a franchise consultant in 1990, will take over the CFO position from Buck McCabe, who will retire at year’s end. Ragsdale, 48, has held multiple leadership roles at the chain, most recently vice president and chief accounting officer.

Chick-fil-A also named Lynn Chastain, Andrew Cathy and Cliff Robinson to the company’s executive committee. Chastain, 59, joins the committee as senior vice president and general counsel; Andrew Cathy, 36, becomes senior vice president and chief people officer; and Robinson, 47, is senior vice president of field operations, which supports all Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide.

“Longevity in leadership has always been one of our secret ingredients,” Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A president and CEO, said in a statement. “Chick-fil-A is in the rare and wonderful position of having senior leaders who helped grow this business with care and confidence.