RICHMOND HILL, ON, March 6 /CNW/ - Country Style Food Services Inc. is
pleased to announce that Rick Martens, George Michel and Michael Vels are
joining Pierre Lortie and Peter M. Gottsegen as members of the Board of
Rick Martens is President and Chief Financial Officer of Country Style
Food Services Inc. and has been with Country Style since January 2002. Prior
to that he was Chief Financial Officer of Interwood Marketing Group; Chief
Financial Officer of Burger King Restaurants of Canada Inc.; Vice President
Finance of Cineplex Odeon Corporation; and held various senior management
positions with American Express Canada, Inc. Mr. Martens is a Chartered
Accountant, articling with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., a predecessor of KPMG,
and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University in Hamilton,
George Michel is COO Global Markets of Brinker International. Mr. Michel
was previously Senior Vice President & Managing Director - Middle East & Asia
at Burger King Corporation; President of Burger King Restaurants of Canada
Inc.; President & Chief Executive Officer of A & W Restaurants Inc.; served on
the Board of Directors of Yogen Fruz; and Vice President, Operations, Real
Estate and Construction of A & W Food Services of Canada Ltd.
Michael Vels is Chief Financial Officer of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. and also
Chief Financial Officer of Canada Bread Company, Limited. Mr. Vels received
his Chartered Accountant designation in South Africa in 1985, while articling
with a major accounting firm. He then worked for several years in the United
Kingdom, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. In 1991, shortly after
transferring to Canada, Mr. Vels joined Maple Leaf and was appointed to his
current responsibilities in March 2004.
"We are pleased to welcome Rick, George and Michael to Country Style's
Board of Directors. Their solid backgrounds in the quick service restaurant
industry are an ideal complement to our existing Board. They bring
considerable knowledge and experience to our team and we are excited about
working together," said Pierre Lortie, Chairman of the Board.
Country Style Food Services Inc. is the second largest coffee and baked
goods franchisor in Ontario in the Quick Service Restaurant sector with over
400 franchised and corporate locations, both traditional and non-traditional,
across Ontario operating under the "Country Style" and "Bistrodeli" brands.
Country Style Food Services Inc. also operates in the retail "fresh bake"
industry through over 50 franchised locations operating under the "Buns
For further information:
For further information: Rick Martens, President, Country Style Food
Services Inc., (905) 764-7066, firstname.lastname@example.org