Church’s Chicken promoted Chris Ward to vice president of supply chain from senior director of purchasing. In his new role, Ward will oversee purchasing, distribution and logistics for the chicken chain.

Ward has been with Church’s since 2012. In addition to his five years with Church’s, Ward also has more than 30 years of career experience in procurement, supply chain management, and senior leadership experience with such companies as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Shells Seafood, Denny’s Restaurants and The Walt Disney Co.