Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen, the second largest quick service seafood chain in the United States, today announced that it has appointed Philip M. Greifeld as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 13. Greifeld succeeds David Head, who left the company to pursue other interests.
Greifeld, a seasoned industry veteran with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the restaurant and retail industries and a strong finance background, joins Captain D’s from Huddle House restaurants – a 420-unit casual dining restaurant chain where he was Chief Executive Officer and President for the past 10 years, following Chief Administrative and Chief Financial Officer positions at the company. As CEO of Huddle House, Greifeld was instrumental in redefining and enhancing the chain’s brand value, significantly improving its overall performance and able to draw on extensive operational and strategic experience including food distribution, logistics and procurement. Under his leadership, the company more than doubled its revenues and market presence.
Prior to Huddle House, Greifeld was a Vice-President, Finance, with Douglass & Waters, Inc., a retail home furnishing company he co-founded and successfully sold. Greifeld started his career with TFW, Inc., a 29-store retail chain.
“Phil is a hands-on, engaged leader with a strong strategic execution skill set and a clear track record in positioning restaurant businesses competitively in the market,” said Chris Metz, Managing Director at Sun Capital Partners. “We are excited about his proven talents and are confident that he will succeed in building upon Captain D’s strong market reputation.”
“I look forward to working closely with Captain D’s management and associates on providing our customers with the best possible service and experience,” said Greifeld. “I am excited about the brand and its rich history and opportunities to further grow the company – from expanding its market presence or introducing new menu items to exploring innovative store concepts.”
Captain D’s is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private equity firm that specializes in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies.