Church’s Texas Chicken® Names Neel Patel Vice President, Strategy & Growth

Patel assumes new role to drive continued brand growth and development

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Neel Patel joins Church’s Texas Chicken® as Vice President, Strategy & Growth, a newly created role in which he will lead the brand on a path of continued growth and development. Patel starts with the company today. He reports directly to Church’s Texas Chicken® and Texas Chicken™ CEO Joe Guith.

In this role, Neel will drive strategic planning, data & analytics, and business transformation in addition to accelerating growth initiatives across all aspects of the business, including marketing, development, finance, supply chain, and international.

“I’m thrilled to join this impressive team of driven leaders as we collaborate on the future of Church’s Texas Chicken®,” said Patel. “It’s an exciting time to join a company with such incredible potential, and I look forward to growing the brand and elevating the business as we work towards becoming a leading global fried chicken chain.”

Patel joins Church’s Texas Chicken® from McKinsey & Company where he led growth-focused client engagements across several industries including food and retail. During his time there, Patel gained extensive experience in marketing, sales, strategy and operations. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Economics.

“Neel is a strong leader who is well-versed in brand strategy and growth initiatives,” said Guith. “He will be a great addition to our team as we look towards a promising future for the company.”

About Church’s Texas Chicken® / Texas Chicken™

Founded in San Antonio, TX, in 1952 by George W. Church, Church’s Texas Chicken®, along with its sister brand Texas Chicken™ primarily outside of the U.S., is one of the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chains in the world. The brands specialize in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, tenders, sandwiches, Honey-Butter Biscuits™ made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value. Texas Chicken™ and Church’s Texas Chicken® have more than 1,500 locations in 24 countries and global markets and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion. For more information about Church’s Texas Chicken®, visit For information on Texas Chicken, visit For information on how to become a Church’s Texas Chicken® Franchisee, visit


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