Growing bakery-café chain Kneaders has announced that industry executive and former Chief Restaurant Officer at Four Foods Group Nate Duvall has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer.

As COO of Kneaders Bakery & Café, Duvall will assist the brand’s Regional Directors and District Managers, along with their management teams, to ensure operational excellence and provide ongoing management training to enhance administrative and reporting processes.

“Nate truly understands the Kneaders philosophy of delighting the customer. As a career executive within the fast-casual industry, he has an exceptional history of implementing outstanding internal and external operational practices and he is passionate about elevating the brand experience for customers, store operators, and employees alike. We are very excited to have him join the Kneaders family,” says James Worthington, CEO of Kneaders Bakery & Café.

As part of his many responsibilities, Duvall will work to further develop inventory systems, efficient scheduling procedures, and profitability structure alongside leadership coaching and development.

“I am looking forward to being part of the Kneaders family and I am committed to continuing the mission of delighting customers through an operational lens,” says Duvall.