Industry Veteran Louie W. Mele Joins Board of Directors

ATLANTA  (  Church’s Chicken, the globally recognized chicken QSR chain, today announced the appointment of Louie W. Mele to its Board of Directors.

“Louie has a wealth of experience in the quick service industry,” said Mel Deane, CEO, Church’s Chicken. “His insights will be of great value to us as we continue to grow Church’s both domestically and internationally.”

“It is an honor for me to join Church’s Board of Directors,” said Louie Mele, “I look forward to working with Mel and the board and using my thirty-six years of experience to support the company’s strategy and expansion around the world.”

Louie Mele joined McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada in 1977 and assumed a variety of management roles in store operations and new product development. Years later, Louie was a member of the team responsible for the launch of McDonald’s in Italy and grew operations from two stores to more than 175 McDonald’s. He returned to the United States and in his role as vice president and regional manager his focus was on taking the lowest region in sales and turning around the business in a short amount of time, to become one of the top regions in year over year sales growth. Later, Louie led one of the top regions in the United States for profitability for three years in a row.

Louie returned to Canada in 2001 and assumed the role of EVP, chief operating officer and was responsible for 1,250 restaurants, 70,000 employees, and 275 franchisees.

In 2005, Louie was appointed president and managing director of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, a role he held until 2008.

At present, Louie Mele is the owner and operator of Il Casale De Mele, a Bed and Breakfast in Umbria, Italy.

About Church’s Chicken

Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952, Church’s Chicken® is a highly recognized brand name in the Quick Service Restaurant sector and is one of the largest quick-service chicken concepts in the World. Church’s Chicken® serves freshly prepared, high quality, flavorful chicken both Original and Spicier Spicy and tenders, with signature sides and hand-made from scratch biscuits. Church’s differentiates from its competitors in care and attention given in preparation of food, and is positioned as the value leader in the Chicken QSR category. As of March 2010, the Church’s system consisted of more than 1,700 locations worldwide in 22 countries, with system sales approaching $1.2 billion. For more information on Church’s Chicken, visit