Sherman Oaks, California-based Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, has announced that Robert Holden has been promoted to president and CEO of its Pat & Oscar's division. 

Holden, who joined Pat & Oscar's last year as COO, will assume his new responsibilities immediately.

Charles Boppell, president and CEO of Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, formally known as Sizzler International, commented: "Holden has 18 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He's held a broad range of operations positions at leading casual dining concepts, including Johnny Rockets, El Torito, and Panda Inn.

"He's built a solid track record of growing the top line while maintaining cost controls and we're confident that he will provide the leadership to unleash the full potential of the Pat & Oscar's brand."

Most recently, Holden served as VP of Rio Bravo, a division of Chevy's, where he was responsible for all field operations, as well as training, human resources, marketing and franchise support. Prior to joining Rio Bravo, Holden served as executive VP of Johnny Rockets, where he oversaw a total of 100 company and franchise units that spanned 19 states and five countries, and built an infrastructure to support growth exceeding 30 units annually.

Holden succeeds John Sarkisian as president and CEO of Pat & Oscar's.  Sarkisian, who helped shape the Pat & Oscar's brand and culture, will leave the company to pursue other interests.