Hope Joins First Watch as Chief Financial Officer



First Watch has announced that Mel Hope has joined its executive team as the company’s new chief financial officer. This week, the organization welcomed Hope, who brings decades of experience leading complex public organizations like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. as well as entrepreneurial start-ups. Hope will lead the company’s finance department and projects, including long-term strategic financial planning, transactional negotiations, financial reporting, P&L budgeting and other corporate priorities, as necessary. Hope succeeds Paul Hineman, who worked for the organization for four years. While serving as Popeyes’ chief financial officer for 10 years, Hope oversaw mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting and technology conversions. He worked alongside the company’s board of directors and senior management, to develop and implement the successful strategic plan that saw the brand’s market cap grow from $315 million to more than $1 billion while achieving five consecutive years of same store sales increases. Hope was most recently a partner in Genesis Real Estate Advisers LLC, serving as the company’s managing director and chief operating officer.

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