A dedicated professional to the franchising industry, Linda has served over twenty-five years supporting the growth of franchisees. With today’s pace of change being exponential, navigating and brands transformation has been one of Linda’s legacies. Linda most recently served as the President and CEO of Dessange Group North America where she translated a new vision and strategy for the brand in a highly dynamic industry. In 2013 Linda joined Dessange Group North America as the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Fantastic Sams brand where she implemented new growth strategies capitalizing on the opportunities in the chain and industry. Prior to her time spent in the beauty industry, Linda spent over 20 years with Burger King Corporation, where she held the role of Division Vice President, Southeast. Linda was a champion of the brand where she inspired, energized and connected with the franchisees and customers.
As a proud sponsor and former member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and IFA, Linda is passionate about franchising and developing people at all levels. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, and holds a B.A. in Business Administration.
Linda’s favorite Rita’s treat is the classic Lemon Water Ice.