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, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Cirulis became Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer in April of 2020. He brought over 20 years of experience in omnichannel businesses, including retail, restaurants, digital, CPG, hospitality, and entertainment. Most recently, Mr. Cirulis served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects at Panera Bread. Prior to his role at Panera Bread, Mr. Cirulis was the Global Vice President, Corporate Strategy at McDonald’s, Senior Director of Strategy, Business Development and Insights, Gap Brand at Gap, Inc., and was Associate Partner at Prophet, Inc. Mr. Cirulis is also a Founding Board Member of The Nora Project and Vice President, Board Member of Winnetka Public Schools District 36.
Mr. Cirulis completed his undergraduate work at Northwestern University, and earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief People Officer and Secretary
Matt is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief People Officer and Secretary of Potbelly Corporation. He joined Potbelly in January 2007 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 and Chief Marketing Officer
Brandon has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since June 2018. Brandon joined Potbelly from Papa John’s International, Inc., where he served as Global Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to Papa John’s, Brandon was Vice President of Advertising, Media and Digital/Social at Wendy’s International. Brandon started his career in marketing at the advertising agency Gyro.
Brandon has a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Northern Kentucky University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Restaurant Operations Officer
Julie has been Chief Restaurant Operations Officer at Potbelly Corporation since December 2018. 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 Senior 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 and Chief Information Officer
Jeff has been Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Potbelly Corporation since September 2019. Jeff joined Potbelly from Levy Restaurants, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Information Technology. Prior to Levy, Jeff was the Vice President of Technology for The Options Clearing Corporation.
Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Hampton University and an MBA degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business.
Senior Vice President, Franchise & Corporate Development
Dan has been Senior Vice President, Franchise & Corporate Development of Potbelly Corporation since January 2020. Dan joined Potbelly from Dine Brands Global, where he served as the Vice President of Development and Finance for Dine Brands’ international business since 2016. Prior to Dine Brands, Dan was the Vice President, Business Development at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf from 2014-2015. Prior to that, Dan served as the Vice President, Development and Administration at Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation from 2005-2014. In addition, Dan has held various management positions at Williams-Sonoma, The Gap and Yum International.
Dan holds a bachelor's degree in Business and Economics from California State University, Long Beach and an MBA degree from the University of Texas, Austin.