Subway has named chef Paul Fabre as senior vice president of culinary and innovation, the company announced Monday.
The Milford, Conn.-based sandwich chain said Fabre, who most recently served as senior vice president of menu strategy and product innovation at Louisville, Ky.-based Papa John’s International Inc., will focus on menu strategy, the company said.
Prior to Papa John’s, Fabre worked with such companies as BJ’s Restaurants Inc., Trader Vic’s Inc. and Bloomin’ Brands Inc.
“I am thrilled to come on board to such an iconic brand and am looking forward to working with the Subway team to create new favorites for our fans,” said Fabre in a statement. “Culinary innovation is my passion and our guests can expect to see new and craveable items hitting restaurants soon.”
During his time at Papa John’s, Fabre, left, served as co-chair of the operations and product subcommittee, where he drove alignment on promotions, products and initiatives with franchise communities.
Carrie Walsh, Subway’s chief marketing officer, said, “Paul brings years of deep experience across the industry. As a company obsessed with our guests, we’re rethinking the entire brand experience at Subway. That means not only honoring some of the fan favorites on our menu but offering new and better culinary experiences and flavors that our guests crave.”
According to the most recent Nation’s Restaurant News Top 200 census, Subway had estimated U.S. systemwide sales of $10.2 billion in the fiscal year ended December 2019, down from $10.4 billion in the preceding year. The brand ended 2019 with an estimated 23,801 U.S. units, all franchised, down from 24,798 in the preceding year.
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