Former chief of Johnny Rockets takes reins of coffee chain


Los Angeles -- The nation’s largest privately held specialty premium coffee and tea retailer has a new chief.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf named John Fuller as its new president and CEO. For the past five years, he served as president and CEO of The Johnny Rockets Group, where he directed operations for the multi-million dollar global restaurant chain, which spans 28 countries with 338 locations. Fuller left Johnny Rockets earlier this year.

Prior to his appointment as Johnny Rockets CEO, Fuller served as the chain’s CFO. His prior positions include serving as CFO across a range of companies, most recently JC Resorts in La Jolla and Rubio's Restaurants, Inc. in Carlsbad.

"Being appointed to lead The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf into a new era of growth and innovation is something I take great pride in," said Fuller. "I'll be working closely with the management team to increase our existing sales and stores base, support our franchisees, deliver outstanding product quality and most importantly, provide our customers with an overall great experience, keeping the company's rich heritage alive and thriving."

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has more than 1,000 locations in 30 countries.