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Diane Reed, Judy Kadylak join executive team at City Barbeque

Reed to serve as CFO, Kadylak as CMO for the fast-growing barbeque restaurant

June 13, 2019

DUBLIN, Ohio—City Barbeque is pleased to welcome Diane Reed and Judy Kadylak to its leadership team effective June 2019. As the company’s new Chief Financial Officer, Reed will succeed former CFO Jim O’Connor; Kadylak is City Barbeque’s first Chief Marketing Officer.

Reed comes to City Barbeque having served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Chief Accounting Officer for BRAVO BRIO Restaurant Group; Executive Vice President for Finance at Frisch’s; Vice President and Controller at Wendy’s; and Controller at Victoria’s Secret. She started her career in public accounting at KPMG. In her role as City Barbeque CFO, Reed will help guide the 43-unit brand during a time of accelerated nationwide growth.

Kadylak’s career has been focused on positioning brands for growth, making her an ideal choice for the Ohio-based barbeque concept. Prior to joining City Barbeque as CMO, Kadylak led marketing efforts in-house as Senior Vice President for Marketing at Steak ‘n Shake, Vice President of Marketing and Culinary at Bruegger’s Bagels, and Regional Marketing Director at Chipotle. Kadylak has also managed brand positioning from the agency side, working with Bob Evans and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

“Diane and Judy bring a wealth of expertise to the team, and more importantly, they both really understand our purpose of serving and creating happiness,” says City Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Malir. “We’re confident they’re the perfect fit to lead their respective teams and are excited to welcome them on board.”


About City Barbeque
At City Barbeque, folks wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque: every day, at every restaurant, teammates slow-smoke award-winning barbeque and craft homemade sides and desserts. City Barbeque also caters incredible events, providing personalized, friendly, and affordable service for events large or small, formal or laid-back. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves and prioritizes giving back to local charities and non-profits. City Barbeque teammates are dedicated to providing competition-quality barbeque and genuine backyard hospitality; to improving themselves and their processes a little every day; and to staying true to their purpose: to serve and create happiness. For more information, visit City Barbeque at, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Media contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque