Timothy Taft was named chief executive officer for Fiesta Restaurant Group, an indirect and wholly owned subsidiary of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:TAST - News), effective August 15. Fiesta Restaurant Group operates a pair of chains: Taco Cabana and Pollo Tropical.
A 30-year veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industry, Taft's experience includes serving as president of Whataburger. Taft succeeds Alan Vituli as CEO of Fiesta Restaurant Group. Vituli remains CEO and chairman of the board of Carrols Restaurant Group and chairman of the board for Fiesta Restaurant Group.
Carrols Restaurant Group previously announced that it plans to spin-off Fiesta Restaurant Group as a separate public company by the end of this year.