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Terry Third Thursday

Terry Third Thursday is a breakfast speaker series for the Atlanta business community that features influential speakers, as well as special guests from the University of Georgia, who bring local and global perspectives on business and innovation.

Next Presentation October 20, 2022

Andrew CathyAndrew Cathy

CEO, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Andrew T. Cathy is Chief Executive Officer for Chick-fil-A, Inc., one of the nation’s largest family-owned businesses. He is only the third person in the company’s history to hold the title of CEO, following in the footsteps of his father and current chairman Dan T. Cathy and his late grandfather and Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy.

With extensive experience working in Chick-fil-A restaurants and serving in multiple support roles, Cathy is committed to continuing Chick-fil-A’s path as a healthy, purpose-driven, global organization devoted to making a lasting, positive impact on the people and communities it serves. 

From 2019 until his appointment as CEO, Cathy served as executive vice president of operations — overseeing the selection, cultivation and development of Chick-fil-A's franchised restaurant owners and leading the business operations of all Chick-fil-A restaurants. He joined the company’s executive committee in 2013 and served as chief people officer from 2016 to 2019.

Andrew grew up with Chick-fil-A, learning the business and preparing for leadership by watching his father and grandfather. He officially began his Chick-fil-A career in 2005 as operator of the Tyrone Boulevard restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2007, he joined Chick-fil-A’s support center staff as a franchisee consultant and later led franchisee selection for the company.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business education at the University of Georgia, Andrew completed executive studies at Stanford University as well as the Families in Business program at Harvard Business School.