Nick Shepherd was named president and chief executive officer of Carlson Restaurants, parent company to TGI Fridays℠, in February 2009. Fridays provides an energizing Friday feeling – every day of the week – to Guests in 900+ restaurants in 60 countries.
As a seasoned international executive, Shepherd began his career in restaurant operations and has since held leadership positions in a variety of disciplines. He brings more than 25 years of global operations, development, franchise, marketing and brand management experience to his role.
After starting his career with Whitbread PLC, Allied Lyons Plc and London-based Grand Metropolitan Plc, Shepherd established his own successful service management consulting business and then served at Blockbuster, Inc. in various executive leadership roles across the international and domestic businesses. When Shepherd left Blockbuster in September 2007, he was the global chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Carlson Restaurants, Shepherd served as the chairman and CEO of Sagittarius Brands, Inc., a private equity owned restaurant holding company which owned and operated the Del Taco and Captain D’s restaurant brands.
Shepherd earned his Bachelor’s degree in Catering Systems from Sheffield City Polytechnic.