Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), announced today the appointment of
Alexander (Alex) H. Ware as executive vice president and chief financial
officer (CFO), effective October 31, 2016. In his role as Buffalo Wild
Wings' CFO, Ware will lead the company's financial planning and
analysis, accounting, tax, treasury, and investor relations departments.
As CFO of PepsiAmericas, Inc. from 2005 until its acquisition by
PepsiCo, Inc. in 2010, Ware oversaw strategic planning and analysis,
performance management, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions,
investor relations, tax and treasury, accounting and control, and
internal audit. After PepsiAmericas, Ware was executive vice president
of strategic development at Pohlad Companies, a family office with
primary holdings in real estate, auto dealerships, Major League
Baseball, as well as minority investments, including MicroStar
Logistics, the leading provider of kegs and logistics services to craft
brewers. Ware joins Buffalo Wild Wings from his current position as
executive chairman of MStar Holding Corp., the parent of MicroStar
Logistics, and in conjunction with joining Buffalo Wild Wings, he will
transition to an MStar Holding Corp. board director.
"We're excited to welcome a leader of Alex's caliber to Buffalo Wild
Wings and believe that he will contribute significantly to our growth
plans," said Sally Smith, president and chief executive officer. "Alex
has an extensive background as a large, public company CFO in the food
and beverage industry, complemented by his experience in growth
management, M&A strategy, and strategic planning. His experience is an
ideal fit to join the executive leadership team as we prioritize our
capital allocation strategies, execute ongoing cost efficiency plans,
and implement our strategic initiatives. This is a pivotal time in
Buffalo Wild Wings' history, and Alex will play an important role in
supporting our goal of creating value for all of our shareholders."
"I am honored to join Buffalo Wild Wings and to leverage my diverse
leadership experiences and deep financial knowledge to help the Company
deliver long-term, profitable growth," Ware said. "I look forward to
working closely with Sally and the talented Buffalo Wild Wings team to
implement financial strategies that enhance shareholder value and ensure
continued success for this iconic brand."
About Alexander H. Ware
Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Ware served as executive chairman
of MStar Holding Corp. From 2010 to 2015, Ware served as executive vice
president (EVP) of strategic development and senior advisor for the
Pohlad Companies. From 2005 until its sale in 2010, he served as EVP and
chief financial officer of PepsiAmericas, a $5 billion public anchor
bottler, operating in 20 U.S. states and 16 countries in Central and
Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Previously, Ware served PepsiAmericas
as senior vice president, worldwide planning and corporate development.
He began his Pepsi career in 1994 and held several progressive roles
with PepsiCo, including strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions,
and field finance operations. Prior to PepsiCo, Ware was a management
consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Ware began his career in
banking with Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now JP Morgan Chase). He holds
an MBA from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia and
a BA in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College. Ware serves on the Board
of Directors of MStar Holding Corp., Barfresh Food Group and is a member
of the Advisory Council of Stone Arch Capital, LLC.
About the Company
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in
Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild
Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order
menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings.
The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature
sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to
Blazin'®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes
an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting
events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings"
and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are
currently more than 1,200 Buffalo Wild Wings locations around the world.
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