Organization promotes Raphael Tomlin to Chief Supply Chain Officer and Jennifer Iglesia to Vice President of Purchasing
ATLANTA – May 4, 2021 – Global Franchise Group® (GFG), the strategic brand management company and franchisor of Great American Cookies®, Hot Dog on a Stick®, Pretzelmaker®, Marble Slab Creamery® and Round Table Pizza® has elevated Raphael Tomlin to Chief Supply Chain Officer and Jennifer Iglesia to Vice President of Purchasing. Both Tomlin and Iglesia play critical leadership roles in the management of GFG’s thriving plant and supply chain. GFG Supply produces cookie batter and pretzel dry mix, manages distribution of ancillary items, supports innovation for all GFG brands, and is home to the emerging GFG E-commerce program.
“Global Franchise Group’s plant and supply chain plays a critical role in championing our brands and franchisee customers,” said Paul Damico, CEO of Global Franchise Group. “The plant produces products of the highest quality and sources ingredients to create the delicious items our brands are known for. Both Raphael and Jennifer play an essential role in our plant’s success and congratulations go out to them on their well-deserved promotions.”
Tomlin, who joined GFG in 2013, has been promoted to Chief Supply Chain Officer after serving as EVP of Manufacturing and Plant Operations. He has led the charge of protecting, developing and evolving the plant into the topnotch facility it is today. He and his team identify major cost savings across brands, direct distributor relationships and undertake major waste reduction initiatives and supply chain improvements. The plant also performs exceptionally on FDA Preventative Control Audits. Under Tomlin’s leadership during the pandemic, the plant acted early in implementing CDC guidelines and recommendations from the American Institute of Bakery allowing the plant to operate without manufacturing and distribution disruption.
Iglesia came to GFG in 2017 when the company acquired Round Table Pizza. She recently served as Senior Director of Purchasing and Supply Chain and plays an integral role in identifying cost reduction and avoidance opportunities across all GFG brands. She is a master negotiator and relationship builder and her skill set shined in navigating the unprecedented challenges disrupting global supply chain and distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Franchise Group’s mission is to “Champion Brands and the People Who Build Them.” The company builds great brands that connect people with craveable products and memorable experiences. GFG currently supports more than 1,400 franchised and corporate stores across all brands located in 16 countries and has system wide sales close to $1 billion.
About Global Franchise Group, LLC – www.globalfranchise.com
Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a mission of championing franchise brands and the people who build them. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes five primary quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, Hot Dog on a Stick®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker® and Round Table Pizza®. Global Franchise Group, LLC is an affiliate of Lion Capital LLP and Serruya Private Equity, Inc.
Chief Marketing Officer
Annica has more than 20 years of award-winning marketing experience and has been with GFG for 3 years. She joined the company from Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers where she was Vice President, Brand Development. In this role, Annica was responsible for the rebirth and growth in popularity of the 42-year-old eclectic brand through smart menu design and development, implementation of the Mellow Mushroom loyalty app and creation and rollout of its first online ordering system. Before her time with Mellow Mushroom, Annica was Vice President of Marketing for Mcalister’s Corporation and she spent the early part of her career at a prominent advertising agency in Mobile Alabama. She is graduate of Samford University in Birmingham where she earned her Bachelors in Marketing and MBA in Economics.
Chief Financial Officer
Patterson came to Global Franchise Group in April 2020 from FOCUS Brands where he served as Senior Vice President of Accounting. For the last eleven years, he was responsible for leading financials for Cinnabon, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice. He directed the organization through the transfer and integration of all accounting back-office functions for Auntie Anne’s from Pennsylvania, McAlister’s Deli from Mississippi, and Jamba Juice from Texas to Atlanta and converted a brand-centric accounting structure into a shared services organization. Before his time with FOCUS, he was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller for Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video (NASDAQ: MOVI & MVGR), Vice President and Corporate Controller for Republic National Cabinet Corporation, and Corporate Controller for Wolverine Tube, Inc. (NYSE: WLV). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, holds a master’s in business administration from Auburn University, and is a graduate of the University of Texas, Tyler.