One of the very first hospitality focused companies that focuses on bringing together professionals with developmental resources and businesses with experienced job seekers, Seasoned, recently announced the new hiring of Ware Sykes, who has experience restaurant technology, as their new Chief Executive Officer. In January of last year, Seasoned was created out of HotSchedules, a TPG Growth funded business, and the top supplier of technology that currently operates with 167,000 restaurants and 2.8 million restaurant workers.
“We are delighted to welcome Ware as our first CEO, a role that will be instrumental in driving the company’s leadership and vision,” said Bill McGlashan, TPG Growth Founder and Managing Partner, Co-Founder and CEO of The Rise Fund, and a Board Member for Seasoned. “Ware shares our passion for Seasoned’s mission and the positive impact we can create for employees and employers across the hospitality industry as well as other industries. We are confident that he will help take the company to the next level.”
Prior to this position, Sykes was Chief Executive Officer of Nowait – the premiere mobile network for casual dining establishments that allowed to a remote queuing “check-in” that was acquired by Yelp last year. The acquisition led to his move as Vice President of restaurant strategy under Yelp’s roof; and previously, Sykes was an executive with TheLadders, digital job search platform for corporate professionals.
After its debut in 2017, Seasoned has since curated a suite of tools and capabilities to aid talent and those seeking it in the hospitality industry, connecting restaurants to better openings, talent, and development options.
“For too long, technology has ignored the 69 million hourly professionals in the U.S., and we are going to change that, starting with the 14 million people devoting their careers to the foodservices industry,” said Sykes. “I’m excited to deepen the meaningful impact that Madhav and team have already made, while giving back to this hard-working community that provides memorable dining experiences for hundreds of millions of Americans across the country. Leveraging our relationship with HotSchedules, we have an unfair advantage to deliver the greatest impact as quickly as possible.”
Edited by K. Fanning
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