Chuck E. Cheese’s selects Topgolf exec as new CEO

July 16, 2014

CEC Entertainment, parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, has named Thomas Leverton as its new CEO, effective July 23.

Leverton succeeds Michael H. Magusiak, who retired as president and CEO on June 2. According to a news release, the company chose Leverton after an extensive search conducted by the board of directors, in partnership with an executive search firm.

Leverton most recently served as CEO of golf entertainment company Topgolf, which serves than 2.7 million guests annually, the release said. During his time at Topgolf, he led the company as it increased unit count by more than 60 percent, launched a new menu and built a pipeline of new locations.

Prior to Topgolf, Leverton served as CEO at Omniflight, an air medical operator with 75 locations across the country. Earlier in his career, he held executive roles at FedEx Office, including executive vice president and chief development officer, and he opened 500 FedEx stores in less than two years. He also served as chief operating officer of TXU Energy, a retail electric provider. He began his career at Johnson & Johnson and Bain & Company.

"I am thrilled to welcome Tom to the CEC team," Chairman Lance Milken said in the release. "Tom is a proven executive, and his unique combination of marketing, operating and leadership skills make him the ideal candidate to lead CEC into its next phase of growth. I am confident that, with Tom's experience in the entertainment and restaurant industries, demonstrated success growing businesses, and strong track record as a seasoned leader, we are poised to offer an unparalleled customer experience by further elevating the Chuck E. Cheese's brand.”

Topics: Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza, Operations Management

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