Sizzler International Inc. (NYSE:SZ) yesterday announced that Kenneth Cole has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Sizzler USA.

Most recently, Cole was president and CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based, Blue Chalk Cafe Corp., owner and operator of Left at Albuquerque.

"Ken has nearly 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry and a track record of successful strategic development, franchise management and growth," said Charles Boppell, president and CEO of Sizzler International Inc. "He brings experience invaluable to our management team as we continue to strengthen the Sizzler® brand."

"This is an exciting time to be leading Sizzler USA," said Cole. "Over the past year, the company has successfully re-imaged and repositioned its company-owned units through an extensive remodel program. I look forward to leveraging these achievements and to continuing to expand Sizzler USA's operations."

Previously at Damon's International from 1988 to 1999, Cole led Damon's expansion from 35 restaurants to 150, including 23 company-owned locations and 95 franchised locations. During this period, average unit volume grew 33 percent and total company sales increased to $241 million.

Prior to serving with Damon's International, Cole started his career as a zone manager with Ponderosa Inc. from 1982 to 1987. During the period from 1987 to 1991, he held the positions of vice president of operations for both Omara Enterprises and Park Management Corp., the largest franchisee of Damon's Inc.

Cole replaces Thomas E. Metzger, who resigned his position as president and CEO of Sizzler USA in March 2001, following his father's sudden death, which required Metzger's full attention to his family and family businesses.

About Sizzler

Sizzler International Inc. operates, franchises or joint-ventures 347 Sizzler® restaurants worldwide, in addition to 106 KFC® restaurants primarily located in Queensland, Australia, and 11 Pat & Oscar's restaurants.

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