Paul Macaluso Promoted to Brand President of McAlister’s Deli
Dec. 6, 2016
FOCUS Brands® has promoted Paul Macaluso to President of McAlister’s
Deli®, a leading fast-casual restaurant chain best known for its Big & Bold Sandwiches, Famous Sweet Tea
and world class hospitality which was recently ranked as one of consumers’ favorite chains by Restaurant
“By leveraging his extensive restaurant experience, keen consumer insights knowledge and strategic
marketing and operating skills Paul will continue to identify and execute against key growth drivers for
McAlister’s. I am confident he will provide leadership to our franchisees and drive continued brand
performance in this industry leading concept,” said FOCUS Brands President, North America, Paul Damico.
Paul’s background includes more than 20 years of operations, franchising and marketing experience with
some of the most prominent brands in the foodservice industry, including Taco Bell, Burger King, and Sonic
Drive-In. Since joining FOCUS Brands in 2011 as Vice President of Marketing for Moe’s Southwest Grill®,
Paul has successfully grown into several significant roles within the organization, effectively developing and
executing new branding, advancing consumer insights deployment, leading high functioning teams and
identifying notable sales driving innovations that have helped the brands continue to deliver superior
Most recently, as SVP of Brand Marketing Strategy, Paul led the collective marketing capabilities for all six
brands that are a part of FOCUS Brands; developing long term, consumer-driven, strategic planning
processes, creating a marketing center of excellence for creative, social media and PR and playing an
instrumental role in developing a digital roadmap across the enterprise.
“I am honored to have this opportunity, and excited to lead the great McAlister’s team and brand in its next
stage of growth and innovation,” said Paul Macaluso, President of McAlister’s Deli.
Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli® is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its genuine hospitality, sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister’s also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister’s brand has more than 400 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit McAlistersDeli.com, and find McAlister’s on social media at Facebook.com/TeaFreaks , www.Twitter.com/McAlistersDeli and www.Instagram.com/McAlistersDeli.