Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen announces that CFO H. Melville Hope to leave company on May 23 to pursue other opportunities

ATLANTA , April 14, 2014 (press release) – Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (PLKI), the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, today announced that H. Melville Hope, III, the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will leave the company effective May 23, 2014, to pursue other opportunities. The company has commenced a search for Mr. Hope’s successor, reviewing both internal and external candidates. Mr. Hope will assist in the transition of duties to an interim CFO and will remain a consultant to the company through the summer.

“On behalf of everyone at Popeyes, I want to thank Mel for his many contributions over the last 11 years. Mel has played an important leadership role in the transformation of the company's performance. He has built a capable finance organization and has orchestrated transactions that have created significant value for our shareholders,” said Cheryl Bachelder, Popeyes Chief Executive Officer. “Mel is leaving the company in a good position for the future; we wish him well."

“Working with the Popeyes leadership team and franchise owners over the past 11 years has been an exciting and rewarding experience and I wish them the best,” said Mr. Hope. “I’m proud of all that we have accomplished together and am now looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”

Corporate Profile

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. is the franchisor and operator of Popeyes® restaurants, the world's second-largest quick-service chicken concept based on number of units. As of December 29, 2013, Popeyes had 2,225 operating restaurants in the United States, three territories, and 28 foreign countries. The Company’s primary objective is to deliver sales and profits by offering excellent investment opportunities in its Popeyes brand and providing exceptional franchisee support systems and services to its owners. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. can be found at www.popeyes.com.

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