AFC Enterprises, franchise operator of Popeyes, has announced the appointment of Mel Hope as chief financial officer.

Formerly chief accounting officer and senior vice president of AFC as well as chief financial officer of AFC’s Popeyes division, Hope replaces Frederick B Beilstein who resigned when the company completed its transition to a single brand operations company.

Ken Keymer, AFC’s chief executive officer and Popeyes president, said: “Mel’s extensive public and private finance experiences, coupled with his proven commitment to our business, have prepared him well to lead the finance activities for AFC. Mel is a valuable component of the AFC team that we have assembled to lead the Company into the future.”