Management

Jean M. Birch has served as interim Chief Executive Officer since January 2017. Since September 2016, Ms. Birch has served as Chair of our Board and has served as a member of our Board since April 2015. Mrs. Birch also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Birch Company, LLC. Ms. Birch has over 26 years of restaurant leadership experience. Previously, Mrs. Birch served as President of IHOP Restaurants, Inc. from June 2009 to August 2012. Prior to IHOP, Mrs. Birch served as President of Romano's Macaroni Grill and President of Corner Bakery Café. Mrs. Birch also held executive leadership roles within YUM! Brands, Inc., a global quick service restaurant company, including Vice President, Operations for Taco Bell, Inc. and, Senior Director, Concept Development for Pizza Hut, Inc. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cosi, Inc. and Darden Restaurants, Inc. and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Mark Hutchens has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 2014. Previously, Mr. Hutchens served as the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer – International, for Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. from October 2012 to January 2014, where his responsibilities included finance, business development and supply chain management activities for Outback Steakhouse International. Prior to that, Mr. Hutchens served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Office Depot, Inc., including Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer from September 2008 to March 2012 and Senior Vice President Finance, International Division from November 2006 to September 2008. From 1996 to 2006, he worked with YUM! Brands, Inc. where his most recent title was Assistant Treasurer – Corporate Finance. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Hutchens worked at Ford Motor Company.

Victoria Blackwell has been with Papa Murphy’s since 2001 and has served as our Chief Legal Officer since November 2012. Ms. Blackwell previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel from February 2007 to November 2012, Vice President Legal from March 2005 to February 2007 and Associate Attorney from July 2001 to March 2005.

Dan Harmon has served as our Senior Vice President of Operations since August 2013. Mr. Harmon previously served as our Vice President, East Division from September 2012 to August 2013. Before joining Papa Murphy’s, he held various roles at Potbelly Sandwich Works, LLC, including West Zone Director from September 2008 to September 2012 and Regional Director, Texas from October 2007 to September 2008. Prior to Potbelly Sandwich Works, LLC, Mr. Harmon held various roles at Blockbuster, Inc. including Regional Director of Operations for Western Canada, Director of Operations & Collections and District Manager and at McDonald’s Corporation as an Operations Manager.

Jeff Shamburger has been our Senior Vice President of Marketing since February 2017, previously serving as our VP, Brand Management and Innovation. Before joining Papa Murphys, Jeff served as Director of Brand Marketing at Wendy’s. Prior to Wendy’s, Jeff spent time honing his marketing leadership skills at Safeway, Burger King, and Nestle.