General Session Speaker

David Whitaker

Chief Operating Officer
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Bojangles Restaurants Inc.

David Whitaker joined Southern chicken and biscuits chain Bojangles in April 2022 as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing company and franchise operations to drive systemwide sales and growth. Whitaker brings over 35 years of experience as a strategic operator and systems implementation expert for major industry players, including Bloomin’ Brands, Wendy’s, and Arby’s. He began his career as an hourly team member working for local fast casual chain Papa Gino’s based in Dedham, Massachusetts, and worked through the ranks into executive leadership roles.

Prior to Bojangles, Whitaker spent seven years at Inspire Brands, most recently as Senior Vice President for Arby’s largest division, supporting 300 corporate locations and more than 1,000 franchise units spanning the Southeast to Northwestern Continental U.S.