Potbelly Sandwich Works recently named Alywin Lewis, 54, its new president and CEO. He replaces Bryant Keil, founder and chairman.
Potbelly Sandwich Works recently named Alywin Lewis, 54, its new president and CEO. He replaces Bryant Keil, founder and chairman. Three years ago, Lewis became the first Black CEO of Sears after it merged with Kmart to form the parent Sears Holding Corp. He left Sears in February, and no permanent replacement has been named yet. Potbelly, a 200-store restaurant chain, continues to expand nationally. Nicole Parker, a retail analyst with Morgan Stanley, said Lewis should do well in his new position. “Alywin Lewis knows how to move things around, and now that he has more management authority, he should be able to institute positive changes to help Potbelly grow,” she said. Besides Sears, Lewis served as CEO of the former Kmart Corp., and as president and chief operating officer at Yum Brands Inc., parent of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. ______ Copyright 2008 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.