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FranchiseU! Episode 12: Aylwin Lewis

February 15, 2022 - -
Retired Potbelly CEO Aylwin Lewis.

On this week’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Aylwin Lewis. Mr. Lewis served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Potbelly Corporation, a franchisor of quick-service restaurants, from June 2008 until his retirement in November 2017. From September 2005 to February 2008, Mr. Lewis was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Holdings Corporation, a nationwide retailer. Prior to that, Mr. Lewis had been President and Chief Executive Officer of KMart since October 2004. Mr. Lewis was Chief Multi-Branding and Operating Officer of YUM! Brands, Inc. from 2003 until October 2004, Chief Operating Officer of YUM! Brands from 2000 until 2003 and Chief Operating Officer of Pizza Hut from 1996 to 1997.

After retiring in 2017, Aylwin and his wife of 35 years – Noveline – moved back to the Houston area in August 2018. He is enjoying his retirement by pursuing his interests in movies, sports, working out, traveling, and learning.

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