Dan T. Cathy
Daniel Truett Cathy (born March 1, 1953), known professionally as Dan T. Cathy, is an American business executive. He has served as President and COO of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A since 2001. The chain was founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy.
Life and career
Cathy was born in Jonesboro, Georgia. He began doing radio commercials for his father's original Dwarf House restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia in the early 1960s. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University in 1975, then began working for his father's company. He started as director of operations, eventually being promoted to President and COO. Cathy spends most of his time traveling to the chain's 1,600 restaurants.
Cathy holds honorary doctorates from the University of West Georgia, Anderson College, Carver Bible College, and Pepperdine University. His family runs the WinShape Foundation, a non-profit which supports a group of Southern Baptist ministries. Cathy has shared that he disagrees with same-sex marriage, and is a supporter of conservative Christian causes. See also Chick-fil-A same-sex marriage controversy.
He and his wife Rhonda have two sons, Andrew, and Ross, who also work at Chick-fil-A.
- Staff report (June 1, 2001). New Chick-fil-A chief began career at age 9. The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution
- Gatlin, Greg (October 7, 1998). Chick-fil-A hatches expansion plans. Boston Herald
- Severson, Kim (July 25, 2012). Chick-fil-A Thrust Back Into Spotlight on Gay Rights. New York Times
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