CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2023) - Bojangles, known for its iconic Southern food in approximately 800 restaurants throughout the Southeast, announced today it has named Richard Del Valle as its new Chief Information Officer. An experienced leader and team player, Del Valle will help the chain trailblaze into the future with modernized technology, working toward total operational efficiency.

“Richard’s background lines up seamlessly with Bojangles and where we’re headed, and his experience in operations and franchise support align with our strategy and growth plans,” said Chief Operating Officer David Whitaker. “We’re excited to bring him on board and tap into his strategic leadership and specialized expertise in IT operations as our beloved brand continues to grow.”

Prior to joining Bojangles, Del Valle had served in various operations leadership roles for both franchisor and franchisee businesses, including well-known brands like Wild Wing Café, Outback Steakhouse and Friendly’s Restaurants. Most recently, Del Valle launched his own Charlotte-based restaurant consulting group, Del Valle and Associates, for which he served as CEO.

Del Valle’s experience in developing solutions for complex problems and project management in the restaurant industry makes him an expert in the field. He has overseen the RFP, pilot, development and successful deployment of Food and Labor software systems to tackle operational efficiency, profit improvement and cost controls, delivering exceptional guest service with numerous restaurant companies. He partners with teams to develop data-driven solutions with all stakeholders in mind – from the front-line team member to IT professionals, accounting, operational leaders and executives.

“It’s truly special to join Bojangles and hit the ground running with an excellent, talented and driven team,” said Del Valle. “I look forward to applying my skillset and experience to streamline our efficiency, and ultimately help the brand continue to grow and succeed in current and new markets.”
Del Valle will report to Whitaker and work closely with Jose Armario, Bojangles’ president and CEO.

About Bojangles, Inc.
Bojangles is a Carolina-born restaurant chain specializing in craveable Southern food made by hand from real recipes. Founded in 1977 as a single location in Charlotte, N.C., the beloved brand continues to grow – currently at approximately 800 company owned and franchised restaurants – bringing its focus on food and folks along with it. For more information about Bojangles’ handcrafted approach to food and community impact, visit To join in on the fan fun, follow Bojangles on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter.