Andrew Truett Cathy Named Third Chief Executive Officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Friday, September 17th, 2021
Chick-fil-A, Inc. announced that Andrew Truett Cathy will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer on Nov. 1, 2021. Andrew, 43, will succeed his father Dan T. Cathy, 68, who has served as CEO since 2013. Following the CEO transition, Dan will remain Chairman of the Board, and Tim Tassopoulos will continue as President and Chief Operating Officer. Andrew has been Executive Vice President of Operations since 2019.
“The most successful CEO transitions are made when the next leader is ready to lead. I have every confidence Andrew is ready,” said Dan. “As a privately held, family-owned business, Chick-fil-A is able to look at succession through a longer lens and approach a transition like this in a thoughtful and coordinated way. While rare in business today, deliberate, long-term succession planning provides us with stability and continuity at a time of tremendous opportunity.”
Andrew will be only the third member of the Cathy family to lead Chick-fil-A in its 54-year history. He grew up with Chick-fil-A, learning the business and being prepared for leadership by his grandfather, Founder S. Truett Cathy, and his father, Chairman and CEO Dan Cathy. During Dan’s tenure, annual revenue at Chick-fil-A has grown from roughly $1 billion to $16 billion.
Andrew began his Chick-fil-A career in 2005, serving two years as Operator of the Tyrone Boulevard Chick-fil-A in St. Petersburg, Fla. In 2007, he joined the Support Center Staff as a Franchisee Selection Consultant. After subsequently leading Franchisee Selection, Andrew became a member of the Executive Committee in 2015 and was named Chief People Officer in 2016. He has Served as Executive Vice President of Operations since 2019.