Habit Burger Grill announces appointment of Jack Hinchliffe as chief marketing officer; Hinchliffe previously held the same role at KFC UK and Ireland

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IRVINE, California , March 8, 2023 (press release) –

The Habit Burger Grill, the California-based restaurant company renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame, signature sandwiches, fresh salads, and more, welcomes their new Global Chief Marketing Officer, Jack Hinchliffe. 

Jack is a passionate leader with 15 years experience working on some of the world’s most beloved food brands. He has been a part of Yum! Brands for more than eight years, joining KFC UK and Ireland (UKI) in 2015 as Senior Marketing Manager and quickly ascending to Head of Innovation that same year. He continued his career growth with two promotions to Marketing Director in 2019, and to Chief Marketing Officer in 2021, where he was instrumental in driving change across food, communications, and media to make KFC more relevant, more distinctive and easier to access. He is also renowned for building one of the most exceptional marketing teams in the industry.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jack at KFC, and I’m elated to have him join our team,” says Shannon Hennessy, The Habit Burger Grill President. “Under his leadership, KFC UKI was awarded Brand of the Year by Marketing Week in 2021 and took home a Gold IPA Effectiveness Award for Business Transformation. Jack is a true marketing powerhouse; I know first-hand that he has the skills, experience, and passion to take The Habit to the next level of brand awareness and distinctiveness.”

From introducing the vegan burger to coordinating the marketing response to the pandemic, and most recently overseeing KFC’s first pub, Jack has been at the forefront of the brand’s award-winning creative work in recent years. He has also spearheaded the growth of KFC’s digital transformation with the move to omnichannel retailing, culminating in the launch of its own delivery channel in 2022. 

“When the opportunity to work for The Habit Burger Grill presented itself, I just couldn’t pass it up,” says Jack. “The food and hospitality at The Habit Burger Grill are world class; it’s an incredible business but there is still work to be done to build a brand that connects with people in a competitive and cluttered category, and I’m excited for the challenge. I am very grateful to be a part of this exciting next chapter as we embark on creating a modern and  distinctive brand that has crafted, quality food at its heart.”

The news comes as Iwona Alter, former Chief Brand Officer, was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for The Habit Burger Grill. Under Iwona’s leadership, the brand accomplished many firsts such as The Habit Burger’s first-ever advertising campaign, establishing a consumer insights discipline, and growing digital marketing. With over 350 restaurants and growing, The Habit Burger Grill is now a brand poised to become a household name. A marketing visionary, Jack plans to provide innovation, leadership and excitement to this important moment in the brand's history. 

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.

Born in Santa Barbara, California in 1969, The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast-casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, cooked-to-order chargrilled burgers and handcrafted sandwiches featuring grilled tenderloin steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh handcrafted salads and an appealing selection of sides and shakes. The Habit Burger Grill was featured in Newsweek’s “America’s Favorite Restaurant Chains 2023;”  its Tempura Green Beans was named as the top green bean dish in The Daily Meal’s “Ranking Green Bean Dishes From 11 Chain Restaurants” in 2023; and it was named in Thrillist’s list of “Underrated Burger Chains that Need to be in Every State!”  The Habit Burger Grill has since grown to over 350 restaurants in 14 states throughout Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and Washington as well as 12 international locations, five in China and seven in Cambodia. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.  

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