CONCORD, Calif. — Round Table Pizza Inc. announced Jim Fletcher has been elected chairman of the chain's board of directors and that he will continue as the company's chief executive officer. J. Robert McCourt will succeed him as president of the 500-unit company.

"The tremendous growth that we have experienced over the last several years has increased both the complexity of our business as well the need to focus more on long-term planning," Fletcher said in a news release. "Mr. McCourt's assumption of leadership of the day-to-day business will allow me to focus on the long-term strategic challenges facing our business."

McCourt will assume leadership of all functions related to company store and franchise operations. He joined the company in 1996 as its chief financial officer, and prior to his promotion to president, he was senior vice president and chief operating officer.

"We plan on significantly increasing the number of new units we are building," McCourt said. "We have had considerable success when we open new, comfortable restaurants in new retail centers that are convenient to our customers, and our brand is very strong on the West Coast and Nevada."

Round Table also announced several other promotions in its organization: Clint Dennis will become director, information services; Jeff Rahn assumes the position of director, brand marketing; Dave Cheney becomes director, franchise business services; and Farhan Jalil will be elevated to senior manager, financial planning and analysis.

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