Inspire Brands today announced that Christopher Fuller has been named Chief Communications Officer. He will continue to report to Chief Executive Officer Paul Brown.
Chris is responsible for overseeing communications initiatives related to brand reputation, government affairs, community relations and mergers & acquisitions, as well as key organizational initiatives such as marquee conventions, townhalls and cultural events.
Additionally, Chris is the executive sponsor for the organization’s social purpose efforts in alignment with one of Inspire’s core behaviors: Good Citizen. He oversees philanthropy for Inspire and its brands, which collectively will raise $16 million in 2019 to support youth-related causes including childhood hunger, youth leadership and career readiness. Chris currently serves as Co-Chair of the Dine for No Kid Hungry Advisory Board.
“Since the creation of Inspire, and in the years prior at Arby’s, Chris has served as a member of our organization’s leadership team and a trusted advisor,” said Paul. “Chris has been instrumental in fostering a winning culture and organization while promoting and protecting the reputation of our brands. I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.”
“I’m proud of what our team has accomplished so far as we’ve built recognition for Inspire as one of the largest restaurant companies in the world,” said Chris. “We’ve taken strong steps to create an in-house newsroom, showcase our economic impact and protect our brands, and we’re just getting started. As Inspire continues to grow, we are focused on expanding and enhancing the communications function so that we can continue to deliver best-in-class support for all of our stakeholders.”
Prior to Inspire, Chris served as Senior Vice President of Communications for Arby’s, where he led public relations efforts related to key cultural moments such as the brand’s engagement with “frenemy” Jon Stewart, the launch of the Vegetarian Support Hotline, as well as the signing of British golf pro Andrew “Beef” Johnston and partnership with the PGA TOUR. Additionally, Chris oversaw communications for the brand’s $2.9 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings as well the creation of Arby’s first Corporate Social Responsibility report.
Chris previously worked for Yum! Brands, where he led Global Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility. He also held positions with PR agencies Ketchum and Publicis and served as a Press Secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Click here to access headshots and bios, as well as additional digital assets.