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ARBY'S CONTINUES RESTRUCTURE WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW REGIONS

 MIAMI, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Joe Langteau, senior vice president of operations for Arby's, Inc., today announced major changes in the company's regional structure, further supporting President and CEO Don Pierce's battle cry to retool the roast beef sandwich giant into a more customer-focused efficient company.
 Effective immediately, Arby's three regional franchise offices and five regional company offices will be combined to form five regions located in Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, Cleveland and Fort Lauderdale/Miami. All offices currently exist except Dallas, which will be operational by September.
 "Customers and franchisees drive this company. This restructure will enable us to communicate more efficiently and effectively with these audiences and provide a superior level of service from the field," said Langteau.
 Under the restructure, each office will be led by a regional vice president and staffed with company district managers, franchise district managers, a human resources manager and a training director. Human resource and training functions will be brought to the field for the first time to provide franchisees and company restaurants with regionalized human resource support including recruitment, training and retention assistance. Regional marketing managers will continue providing marketing support for all restaurants.
 Three Arby's veterans have been tapped as regional vice presidents under the new organizational structure. They are: Steve Eddy, Dallas; Mike Ashby, Cleveland; and Paul Sutherland, Fort Lauderdale/Miami. Langteau said he is interviewing prime candidates to head Phoenix and Chicago offices and expects to have these in place within 60 days.
 Three former regional vice presidents will become Arby's franchise operators. They are Randy Cosper, Salt Lake City; Jim Shingleton, Louisville/Lexington, Ky.; and Tom Emptage, Phoenix.
 "I am very pleased to have these proven players moving to the franchise side of our business," said Langteau. "Their considerable experience and insight will add strength to the growth of our franchisee operations."
 Arby's has embarked on rapid re-organization since Don Pierce assumed the reins of the company in May. Pierce previously restructured the top level of his organization, saying his goal was to consolidate company and franchisee operations to create a more focused brand.
 Arby's is the world's leading roast beef chain, with approximately 2,600 restaurants in the United States, Canada, Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean. In 1992, the company reached a record $1.52 billion in sales.
 Founded in 1964 with 20 employees, Arby's today has 75,000 employees worldwide. Arby's is ranked as an industry leader in areas such as technology, product development, nutritional and consumer information and community service.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Sokler or Caroline Duffy of Manning, Selvage & Lee, 404-875-1444, for Arby's, or Mark Stine of Arby's, 305-866-1904/


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