Greg Dollarhyde, a restaurant industry veteran who has led Baja Fresh Mexican Grill and Zoës Kitchen, said the Hooters brand is tired in the United States. The company has deferred maintenance and upkeep in its restaurants, suffered management turnover and let its menu go too long without freshening, he said.
"It needs to step its game up," Dollarhyde said in an interview this summer. "The brand is not dead, but it needs polishing."
Marks brings a varied background to the Hooters job. Most recently, he was president and chief executive of The Pantry Inc., which had 1,650 convenience stores in 13 states. Before that, he spent 21 years at Coca-Cola Enterprises in various sales, operations, finance and general management roles, culminating as president of CCE North America.
"I am thrilled to be returning to Atlanta and am very excited to be joining the Hooters team," Marks said in a statement. "The opportunity to contribute to the growth of a great brand like Hooters is extremely energizing to me."