Brand Leadership

Mike Freeman

Chief Brand Officer, McAlister’s Deli

Mike Freeman is a strategic leader who brings more than 25 years of experience in food service, dynamic brand development, franchising and operations. In 2021, he was named Chief Brand Officer for McAlister’s Deli, where he leads all aspects of brand management and strategy, including franchise and company operations, as well as marketing.

With more than 13 years of working on the brand, Mike started out as an assistant general manager of the McAlister’s Deli in Bossier City, LA and worked his way up to his previous role of the brand’s Vice President of Operations.

Mike is known for developing his team members and delivering a culture of inclusion, diversity and adaptability.

Early in his career, he has worked for Roadhouse Grill and as an Executive Chef at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and studied at Penn State University.