Newk's Eatery Announces Management Team Changes

Denise Pedini and Adam Karveller take on heightened responsibilities, and Charlie Hensley joins a fast-casual restaurant chain as its new vice president of real estate and construction.

( Jackson, MSThree significant changes are being made to Newk’s Eatery’s executive group to strengthen it. Charlie Hensley has been named the new vice president of real estate and construction for the well-known fast-casual restaurant chain, which also announced today the promotions of Denise Pedini to chief marketing officer and Adam Karveller to chief technology officer.

Newk's Eatery Announces Management Team Changes
Charlie Hensley

CEO Frank Paci said, “We are pleased to welcome Charlie to the Newk’s group to lead our real estate and construction initiatives. “I’m also excited to announce promotions for Denise and Adam. They have actually done a great job of promoting our brand, and I hope they will continue to do so in the future.

With more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Mr. Hensley represents Newk’s. He formerly owned a franchise of McAlister’s Deli, where he received the President’s Award for outstanding management. He has also worked with the Penn Station East Coast Subs and Papa John’s pizza systems.

Newk's Eatery Announces Management Team Changes
Denise Pedini

Mrs. Pedini successfully supported the brand’s marketing initiatives after joining Newk’s in December 2020, even during the worst of the pandemic. She assembled a marketing team that oversaw the 2022 launch of Newk’s Rewards, the brand’s first loyalty programme, and collaborated closely with operations to improve the menu by making it more profitable and cost-effective. As she oversees all customer touchpoints for business and franchise dining restaurants throughout 15 states in her current role as CMO, Pedini has even bigger goals for Newk’s.

Newk's Eatery Announces Management Team Changes
Adam Karveller

Mr. Karveller’s promotion to CTO marks the end of his 15 years as a Newk’s family member. As the group leader for the IT department, he is responsible for completing more than 40 crucial responsibilities. By researching, selecting, and implementing organisational innovations, such as team- and guest-facing systems for all dining places, as well as Newk’s support, Adam will continue to play a significant role for the brand.

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About Newk’s Eatery

Fast-casual restaurant chain Newk’s Eatery, with headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi, operates and franchisees just under 100 locations across 15 states. Named after co-founder Chris “Newk” Newcomb, Newk’s was founded in 2004 and offers salads, sandwiches, soups, and pizza that are all produced in-house without the use of fryers or microwaves. Additionally, there are fresh grab-and-go options, and Newk’s new mobile app, which is now accessible on Google Play and the App Store, offers mobile purchasing for curbside, in-store pickup, or delivery. In 2020, Newk’s was listed among the “Top 200 Countdown” in Nation’s Restaurant News and the “Top 250 Chains” in Restaurant Business. Additionally, Entrepreneur named Newk’s one of the Top Food Franchises. In 2021, Newk’s was recognised in Nation’s Restaurant News as a “Top Scorer in Takeaway Food Quality” and scored among the top “True Loyalty” ratings, which are the percentages of customers who say they visit because they genuinely want to experience the brand name rather than for a benefit. Visit to learn more.join Newk’s Rewards or adhere to Newk’s on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.Visit for more information.