la Madeleine Appoints Christine Johnson as New Chief Operating Officer

Christine Johnson
Christine Johnson

Popular French neighborhood café advances executive to oversee restaurant level operations, marketing and franchise development

la Madeleine Appoints Christine Johnson as New Chief Operating OfficerDallas, TX  (Restaurant News Releasela Madeleine French Café CEO Lionel Ladouceur announced that the company has promoted Christine Johnson as its new chief operating officer.

Already closely acquainted with the popular French café, Johnson is an experienced practicing attorney of more than 18 years and joins la Madeleine after serving as vice president and general counsel, and more recently, chief administrative officer for Le Duff America, la Madeleine’s parent company. Prior to working for Le Duff, Johnson held general counsel positions at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, as well as with a large Texas-based franchise group whose portfolio included over 130 restaurants.

“We’re proud to have Christine serve as la Madeleine’s chief operating officer,” Ladouceur said. “Christine has an extensive background in franchising, retail and hospitality, which has given her a great understanding of corporate profitability, operations and marketing. She’s an innovative and well-rounded leader who brings a wealth of experience and industry know-how to our brand. We’re thrilled to have Christine in this new role, and we’re confident she will lead la Madeleine to further success.”

As COO, Johnson is shifting roles to assume direct responsibility for the brand’s restaurant-level operations, marketing and franchise development. Over the past two years, la Madeleine has been more strategic with its marketing tactics and operational execution. In her new position, Johnson hopes to refine what their team has learned so far in order to create a more dynamic and adaptable brand that is poised for growth.

“I can’t wait to continue developing with the la Madeleine brand and bring new ideas to the table,” Johnson said. “Our industry has changed drastically in recent years, and we must embrace this without losing sight of our identity and the amazing legacy our brand has created. As we achieve this, la Madeleine will have the ability to grow from a regional brand into an international one. I’m excited to have a front seat as we take this brand to the next level.”

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About la Madeleine French Café

French-founded and French-owned since 1983, la Madeleine French Café is a convenient daily escape for guests. Serving breakfast all day, lunch and dinner, the menu is rooted in approachable French cuisine using simple, fresh ingredients and time-honored recipes featuring soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées, pastas, handmade French patisserie and more. Walking into la Madeleine, guests are transported to France with a traditional French bakery display and a space to call your own. In 2019, la Madeleine ranked as the #2 Baked Goods Franchise by Entrepreneur, and Sandelman ranked the company #1 for Availability of Indulgent Items, #2 Sandwich Chain, and #3 for Attractive and Inviting Restaurants. la Madeleine was also just ranked one of the Top Franchisees of 2021 by Entrepreneur. To learn more about la Madeleine’s franchise opportunities, visit La Madeleine operates more than 86 corporate and franchise bakeries in nine states, and is owned by Rennes, France-based Groupe Le Duff, which was founded by Louis Le Duff in 1976. For more information, visit and follow la Madeleine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Cami Studebaker