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The GC of Church’s Chicken, Kenneth Cutshaw, enjoys more than just challenging legal work and the responsibilities of advising a company with over 1,500 restaurants worldwide: He also gets free fried chicken. All the company’s executives carry a special business card. They merely have to flash it at Church’s Chicken outlets for free meals. Shortly after starting his new job, Cutshaw took advantage of this benefit with his 7-year-old daughter. “What child doesn’t like chicken tenders?” he asks. In February, Cutshaw became executive vice president, GC, and secretary of Church’s, one of the world’s largest chicken restaurant chains. The Atlanta-based company serves its fried chicken and honey-butter biscuits in 1,546 locations, with sales last year of nearly $1 billion. Cutshaw replaced Lisa Pender, who left the company in November 2005. Founded in 1952 by retired chicken-incubator salesman George Church, the company was owned for 12 years by AFC Enterprises, Inc., a fast-food restaurant operator. In December 2004 Arcapita Bank bought Church’s Chicken for about $390 million. Before joining the company, Cutshaw, 52, worked for seven years at the Atlanta office of Holland & Knight. It was Church’s CEO, Harsha Agadi, who recruited Cutshaw from the firm. Mutual friends introduced them last year, and the two hit it off. Cutshaw says part of what appealed to him about Church’s Chicken was its vigorous growth and global expansion. It recently opened restaurants in Indonesia and the Philippines, and is now considering introducing the people of India, China, and Japan to chicken tenders and fried okra. Joining Church’s Chicken is also something of a return to an early love. After graduating from University of Tennessee College of Law in 1978, Cutshaw and a few buddies opened a casual restaurant called “Cheers Fun Eatery” in east Tennessee. He remained intrigued by the food business, becoming one of the original investors in Red Hot & Blue, a Washington, D.C. � based barbecue chain. What’s the appeal? “I just find the restaurant industry exciting and challenging,” says Cutshaw.

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