Airline PR vet Todd Burke has landed at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the Atlanta-based franchisor and operator of the Popeyes fast-food chicken chain.
He takes a post vacated last year by Alicia Thompson, now a senior VP at Edelman. He will lead internal and external comms., public and government affairs, for Popeyes, which changed its corporate identity from AFC Enterprises in January.
Burke spent the bulk of his career in the aviation sector, including as VP of corporate communications in seven years at JetBlue Airways, as well as PR posts at TWA and American Airlines dating back to the mid-1980s. He recently did a 10-month stint in external relations at Pacific Gas & Electric in the Bay Area.
Popeyes posted 2013 revenue of $206M as counts 2,000 locations, 1,600 in the US.