Russo's Restaurants, parent company of Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, has appointed Alfred Naddaff as its national franchise development director.

In his new role, Naddaff will work with prospective and existing franchisees to explore single and multiunit ownership, discover potential sites for Russo's restaurants and manage Russo's franchising initiatives in the U.S.

Russo's recent franchise growth includes expansion into Hawaii, Austin, Texas, Oklahoma and the Southeast. There are currently 34 restaurants open with more than 60 in development, as well as several in the Middle East.

"As a internationally acclaimed group of Italian restaurants, we strive to hire dynamic, high-caliber executives to drive our company's success," Chef Anthony Russo, CEO, said in a news release. "Alfred is this kind of leader. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our growing talent pool. I'm confident he'll serve as a tremendous asset in helping us recruit and identify excellent franchisees for future Russo's locations."

Prior to joining Russo's, Naddaff was the franchise director for Boston Market Restaurants and one of the founding partners of Einstein Brothers Bagels.

He has also worked in franchise development for Dunkin' Donuts and has served as an independent franchise consultant to companies in the beauty and restaurant industry.

"I'm thrilled to have found a place in such an outstanding company," Naddaff said. "I'm honored to work alongside Anthony — he's very passionate and authentic with his approach. This is a unique company where everyone believes in the products, and I'm excited to get more people involved in franchising with our opportunities."

Naddaff has recently relocated to Houston from Boston, and is a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio.

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