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Bojangles Names CEO

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. has named industry veteran Randy Kibler as the new chief executive of the chain of fried-chicken restaurants.

The announcement comes just days after Bojangles' was purchased by Falfurrias Capital Partners, a Charlotte-based private equity firm that includes former Bank of America chief Hugh McColl Jr. and Carolina Panthers founder Jerry Richardson.

Kibler will replace current chief executive Joe Drury, who had led the company since he and his partners purchased Bojangles' in 1998. He will retain an ownership stake in Bojangles' and a position on the company's board, and will continue to serve the company as a consultant.

Founded in 1977, there are 386 Bojangles' locations in 11 states, Honduras and Mexico, including 27 restaurants in Charlotte.