Taco’s Executive Chairman and owner John Hazen White Jr. announced the promotion of Cheryl Merchant to chief executive officer. The company has been family-owned for three generations and is 100 years old. 

Merchant joined Taco in 2019 as president of global operations and was previously the president and CEO of Hope Global Industries, based in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

“During her time at Taco, Cheryl has proven herself a capable and talented leader. I feel confident that our company will continue to move in a positive direction under her leadership. This promotion demonstrates the full confidence and trust that the White family has in her,” White said.

He added: “I will remain actively involved in the company. This executive transition will allow me to focus on global growth of the company, as well as continue to nurture and strengthen the crucial relationships we have with our employees, reps, suppliers, customers and the communities where we work.”