President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan has been President and Chief Executive Officer at Potbelly Corporation since December 2017. He has over 30 years of executive leadership experience across a variety of blue chip organizations. Alan brings a strong track record of leading retail and restaurant organizations through successful turnarounds and through periods of exceptional growth.
Prior to Potbelly, Alan provided strategic and executional consulting services to organizations in transition. From April 2007 to September 2015, he served as Chief Executive Officer of BevMo!, a specialty retailer of alcoholic beverages and related products. Prior to that, Alan served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and as Chief Operating Officer of Regal Theaters (formerly known as Hoyts Cinemas). In addition, Alan spent six years at PepsiCo in increasing leadership positions, culminating as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for PepsiCo’s Eastern Europe restaurant division. Prior to that, he served as International Strategic Planning Director for Pizza Hut International. Alan is on the Board of Directors of Saucey, a wine, beer & spirits on-demand delivery start-up.
Alan graduated with a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney Australia.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mike is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Potbelly Corporation. He assumed this role with nearly 30 years of experience in leadership positions across a variety of top tier companies.
Most recently, Mike served as Senior Vice President, Small Business at CNA Financial Corporation, and prior to that served as divisional Chief Financial Officer of CNA's Property & Casualty Operations business. He also spent seven years at Sears Holdings Corporation, culminating as Vice President and Treasurer. Mike also held various financial roles at Schering-Plough Corporation. Mike, a Certified Public Accountant, began his career with Ernst & Young.
Mike completed his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois, and received an MBA from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Maryann Byrdak has been Senior Vice President, Information Technology at Potbelly Corporation since March 2018. She joined Potbelly in August 2015 as Vice President of Information Technology. Prior to joining Potbelly, from June 2006 through July 2015, Maryann held various positions at Office Depot, Inc. (previously OfficeMax Incorporated), culminating with Senior Director, IT.
Senior Vice President, New Shop Development
Anne is Senior Vice President of New Shop Development at Potbelly Corporation. She has worked for Potbelly since 2007, first taking a leadership position as Market Manager of Operations in Chicago and later in the Washington D.C. market.
In 2013, Anne assumed the leadership role of Vice President, New Shops Development at Potbelly. She worked for Starbucks Coffee Company for 13 years and had leadership positions in both operations and new store development. Anne has a BA in Business from Michigan State University.
Senior Vice President, Brand and Sales Development
Sherry is Senior Vice President, Brand & Sales Development for Potbelly Corporation, with over 24 years of experience leading successful corporate and agency-side marketing teams. She joined Potbelly in 2012, and is responsible for brand communications, menu innovation and calendar planning, consumer insights, neighborhood marketing, media and social engagement for the brand.
She began her career working on the advertising agency side of the business, including at Foote, Cone & Belding, and key accounts including Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr., Coors Corporate, PetSmart, Kimberly Clark and Hewlett-Packard. Sherry transitioned to the corporate-side of the business with Taco Bell Corporate, where she spent over twelve years in marketing leadership roles before joining the Potbelly team. Sherry completed her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
Matt has been Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of Potbelly Corporation since January 2007. He came to Potbelly after working with several Chicago-based companies in his career, including Sears Holdings Corporation, True North Communications, and most recently as both Deputy General Counsel of Brunswick Corporation and General Counsel of Brunswick New Technologies, Inc.
Matt began his career with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. He graduated with a B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois College of Law.
Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer and Corporate Communications
Nancy is Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer at Potbelly Corporation. She joined Potbelly in 2008, leading employee engagement, organization development, compensation and benefits and HR process improvement. She runs a People Playbook for consistent principles, accountabilities and development of bench strength for growth. She has accountability for culture, communications and leadership training.
Prior to Potbelly, Nancy worked for Sears Holdings for 15 years and held a number of positions, including DVP of Corporate Communications supporting acquisition and integration work, and Director in the Sears Credit business and District Operations in the Sears Retail business. She has a BA in Organizational Communications from Western Illinois University.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Julie is Senior Vice President, Operations at Potbelly Corporation. She has worked for Potbelly since 2008, first learning operations as a General Manager and then as a District Manager before assuming various operations roles and being promoted to Central Zone Manager overseeing 220 shops in 2010.
In 2015, she assumed the leadership role of Vice President, Operations. Prior to Potbelly, Julie served as Senior Vice President, Customer Experience, and before that served as Vice President, Marketing at Kmart. She began her career with IBM in 1997 in Retail Planning and Forecasting Technology and worked with several large retailers prior to joining Kmart. Julie completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, and received an MBA from Wayne State University.
Senior Vice President, Franchise Development
Jeff has been our Senior Vice President, Franchise Development since April 2018. Prior to joining Potbelly, Jeff served on the Board of Directors for Papa Murphy’s International from 2015 through 2017. Jeff was previously President of the international group for Krispy Kreme. Prior to that, he was at The Home Depot, where he led international real estate. He has held senior roles with PepsiCo Restaurants International (now known as Yum! Brands) culminating as VP of Franchising and Business Development for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Jeff completed his undergraduate work at the University of California San Diego and received an MBA, with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance, from Brigham Young University.