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Swig, the quick service brand known for its “dirty soda”, named Rian McCartan as the new CEO on Thursday. McCartan is the former vice president of global retail and real estate for See’s Candy, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

“I am thrilled to have Rian McCartan as our new CEO,” Swig founder Nicole Tanner said in a statement. “We were looking for someone who would blend in well with our energetic culture and was also willing to work alongside the team in our stores where all the magic happens. Rian is a perfect fit! With his driven leadership, incredible experience and exceptional care, Rian will help Swig achieve our next level of success.

McCartan has also held executive positions at American Eagle Outfitters, Williams-Sonoma Inc. and Skechers USA.

In June 2020, Swig received a majority investment from Savory Fund, a Salt Lake City-based private equity group with investments in nine emerging restaurant concepts.

“When I met the Savory team and the founding members of Swig, it was clear from day one that this was my future,” McCartan said in a statement. “The team’s level of innovation, commitment to quality and intense focus on leadership in the personalized beverage industry has made this the easiest decision of my career. I am thrilled and grateful to be part of the Savory family of companies.

“After extensive research across the country, it was a unanimous vote for Rian to be CEO of Swig,” Savory CEO and co-founder Andrew K. Smith said in a statement. “Rian is a branding expert who truly understands the customer experience. He enjoys fast growing businesses, which he has experienced with Skechers, Tecovas and See’s Candy. With the growth Swig will experience in the coming years , we are excited to learn from Rian and see his leadership further develop this great brand.

Swig has 45 locations in five states with five more on the way this year.

The Savory Fund has invested in nine concepts — Swig, R&R BBQ, Pincho, Via 313 Pizzeria, The Crack Shack, Mo’ Bettahs Hawaiian Style Food, Saigon Hustle, Hash Kitchen and The Sicilian Butcher – as well as equipment maintenance platform 86 Repairs.

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