Los Angeles-based Sweetgreen has added two people to the leadership team — Chad Brauze as head of culinary, and Michael Kotick, as VP and head of marketing.
“We are thrilled to have these two industry leaders join our team at such an exciting time for the company,” Sweetgreen co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Neman said in a company press release. “Over the past several months, we have introduced heartier menu options and launched our loyalty program, building on our industry-leading digital app. Their deep experience in menu innovation and marketing, combined with their passion for scaling businesses and pushing boundaries, will help us further our mission of connecting people to real food.”
Brauze joins Sweetgreen from Burger King, where he was the senior director of culinary innovation and sustainability, overseeing the core menu and limited-time only food program. Prior to that, he was the director of culinary and menu development at Chipotle Mexican Grill. His work included the testing and successful launches of Queso Blanco, Carne Asada and Brisket.
Prior to joining Sweetgreen, Kotick served as Chipotle’s senior director of marketing, where was responsible for driving Chipotle’s marketing through national campaigns, brand and sustainability actions, menu and product innovation, digital marketing, loyalty program growth and in-restaurant experience.