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March 31, 2020
Executive Chairman and owner John Hazen White Jr. will remain with the company to focus on global operations.

The Taco Family of Companies Executive Chairman and owner John Hazen White Jr. promoted Cheryl Merchant to chief executive officer of the 100-year old, third-generation family-owned company. Merchant, who joined Taco in 2019, was previously president of global operations.

“During her time at Taco, Cheryl has proven herself a capable and talented leader,” White said. “I feel confident that our company will continue to move in a positive direction under her leadership. This promotion demonstrates the full confidence and trust that the White family has in her.”

He added that he will remain involved in the company, and that the transition will allow him to “focus on global growth of the company as well as continue to nurture and strengthen the crucial relationships we have with our employees, reps, suppliers, customers and the communities where we work.”

Prior to joining Taco, Merchant spent the last 19 years as the president and CEO of Hope Global Industries, based in Cumberland, RI.