FASTSIGNS Names Monson CEO
Carrollton, Texas-based FASTSIGNS International Inc., the franchisor and operator of FASTSIGNS sign and graphics centers worldwide, announced Catherine Monson will assume the position of CEO beginning January 2, 2009. FASTSIGNS founder and current CEO, Gary Salomon, takes over as chairman of the board and will continue working with Roark Capital, the private equity firm that owns FASTSIGNS, and the FASTSIGNS executive team on strategic direction.
Monson comes to FASTSIGNS with a strong background in franchising and digital printing, having worked for over 28 years with Franchise Services Inc., which owns Sir Speedy, PIP Printing, Signal Graphics, MultiCopy Europe and TeamLogicIT. As president of PIP Printing, Monson was instrumental in advancing the processes and functions of the franchise system while also focusing on how to improve franchise satisfaction.
In addition to her role as president, Monson gained experience within Sir Speedy and MultiCopy Europe, serving in the operations, franchise development, sales, training and marketing/communications divisions, giving her critical knowledge on all aspects of running a franchise business.
“As I began to look at stepping back from FASTSIGNS, it was important to have someone in my place who understands the mission of FASTSIGNS and what the brand stands for,” said Salomon, who opened his first FASTSIGNS center in Dallas in 1985. “I know Catherine will continue the legacy and the culture of this great company–people and service first, always taking the high road when given an option, and working tirelessly to keep our system the amazing system that it is.”
“FASTSIGNS has an impeccable reputation and is a proven leader in the sign and graphics industry, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this outstanding organization,” said Monson. “The company was founded with a simple concept of making the sign and graphics process simple for the customer while delivering a valuable business need, and I strongly believe that the goals and values that FASTSIGNS was founded upon will continue to dominate how this business runs in the future.”