Juan F. Salas, has served the restaurant/hospitality industry for over 30 years as a progressive technology leader, innovator, operator, and champion of acquisition/integration activities. As a Senior Technology Executive, Mr. Salas has led Technology, Business Process Engineering, Integration Management, and Change Leadership, within high-growth public, private-equity, and founder led organizations.
Previously Mr. Salas served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Gordon Ramsay North America (GRNA) . During his time as CTO of GRNA Mr. Salas led the technology strategy, selection and implementation of next generation technology stack, serving as the enterprises foundation to support high-volume, high-growth, multi-branded experiential restaurants focused on delivering an experience worthy of Chef Ramsay.
While serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at publicly traded Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Mr. Salas, in addition to leading the Technology Team, spearheaded the Enterprise Resource Planning solutions, Business Transformation initiatives and in-sourcing activities. He brought a balanced blend of technological, strategic, and tactical skills to ensure that solutions and processes were developed to best serve the guests, drive operational efficiencies, and improve financial results.
Over the past 20 years, Mr. Salas has served the Hospitality Industry in various Executive and IT Leadership roles. Previous roles include: Chief Information Officer for Good Smoke Restaurants Group (Private Equity Backed Jim ‘n Nicks BBQ and Dinosaur BBQ) , Information Technology Franchise Liaison at America’s Favorite Chicken (Popeyes and Church’s Chicken brands); and Vice President of Information Technology at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. He also served as an Independent Consultant supporting areas of: Finance, Warehouse, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Management .
Mr. Salas’ skills and experiences include strategic planning, process analysis, acquisitions, dispositions, operational efficiencies, life-cycle project management, operating models, franchise systems and team building. He has also led and built out various shared services, administrative and customer facing platforms supporting QSR, TSR, and fine dining restaurants, including carve outs and consolidations.