Carrols appoints new general counsel

Mar 02, 2020
Restaurant group’s new top lawyer joins from Mercedes-Benz unit

Syracuse, New York-based Carrols Restaurant Group has appointed Markus Hartmann as vice president and general counsel, effective February 18. He succeeds Bill Myers, who will serve in a transitionary role for an unspecified period of time. Myers is retiring, according to a spokesperson.

Hartmann was most recently vice president for technical compliance at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. During his time with the company, he was in charge of creating the technical compliance function in North America for Daimler’s passenger car and vans division.

He had previously been the North American general counsel for Sandoz, a division of Novartis, and had served as European and North American general counsel for UK-listed Reckitt Benckiser while living and working in the Netherlands.

Earlier in his career, Hartmann flew CH-46 helicopters as a Marine pilot during the Gulf War.

Carrols bills itself as one of the largest restaurant franchisees in the US, operating 1,035 Burger King restaurants and 65 Popeyes restaurants.

‘Markus is a great addition to the Carrols executive team and we look forward to benefiting from his varied industry experiences and history of effective leadership,’ says Carrols chair and CEO Daniel Accordino in a statement. ‘We are excited for Markus to be joining us as we strengthen Carrols’ foundation of operating two world-class brands with significant scale advantages and execute on growth opportunities across our multiple attractive markets. We look forward to his building on the existing foundation of excellence provided by our legal team.

‘We would also like to thank Bill Myers for his 19 years at Carrols and for serving as our general counsel since 2012.’

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