Logan’s Roadhouse Tabs Ex-ABRH President as New Leader
Following an extensive nationwide search, Logan’s Roadhouse announced that 35-year industry veteran and proven restaurant turnaround executive Hazem Ouf has been named its CEO and Partner. In his new role, Ouf will also serve as a member of the Logan’s Roadhouse Board of Directors.
Ouf brings broad and extensive restaurant experience to the leading casual dining steakhouse. He has been president and CEO of numerous national restaurant chains, including most recently American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH).
“Not only does Hazem have broad and extensive restaurant industry experience, but his exceptional leadership qualities, unique skill set and proven track record of success make him the perfect fit for this position,” says Philip Berney, Logan’s Board Chairman and co-CEO of Kelso & Company. “Hazem has demonstrated proven leadership in brand revitalization, reversing sales declines and significantly improving financial performance. He’s done all of this while developing great cultures and exceptional operating management teams.”
Berney pointed to Ouf’s significant experience with successful mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant industry and his turnaround acumen, which he said should prove advantageous in growing the business and enhancing value for its stakeholders group. “It will take a unique leader with the right skill set to get us where we all want Logan’s Roadhouse to be now and in the future. We’re pleased to have Hazem join us as CEO and Partner and look forward to his contributions,” Berney adds.
“I’m delighted to form this new partnership with the stakeholders group and to lead this iconic brand forward,” says Ouf. “Our goal is to position Logan's Roadhouse to regain its leadership role in the category and to successfully provide growth opportunities for all of our team members while maximizing value for all of our stakeholders. I’m eager to start making a positive contribution and am excited about the future possibilities to use Logan’s Roadhouse as a platform for future growth and acquisitions.”
Ouf began his career in London, England with the Rank Organization. Over the past 35 years, he has directed, managed and developed a wide range of full-service restaurant concepts, including ABRH from March 2009 to September 2016. At ABRH (O’Charley’s, 99 Restaurant and Pub, Village Inn, Bakers Square, Legendary Baking), he grew the company’s revenue exponentially through internal growth and acquisitions as it became the eighth largest full-service restaurant group in the country.