Kelly Saxton, the founder of The Saxton Group, is transitioning out of his current role as the president of the Dallas-based restaurant franchise and development company. Saxton, the largest McAlister's Deli franchisee in the country and the first to bring Pinkberry out of California and New York, has promoted the company's vice president, Kirk Lanier, to president.

Saxton's sons, Adam and Matt, who both hold leadership roles in the corporate office, will complete the executive team as vice presidents. The restructuring will allow Saxton to step away from daily operational responsibilities and focus on his role as the chairman. As Chairman, Saxton will work on strategic planning and long-term vision for the company he founded.

"Developing this company has been my passion for many years and I'm excited to transition out of the role of president and embrace the new leadership team," Saxton said. "Kirk, Adam and Matt have each achieved much success in their current positions, and I am confident that they will continue to build the company and grow as leaders."

Part of The Saxton Group since 1998, Lanier has played a strong role in shaping the organization. As vice president since 2009, and a member of the board of directors, he has spearheaded the opening of 40 McAlister's Deli and Pinkberry units in Texas and Oklahoma and provided operational leadership toward the company's growth. Lanier's new role will allow him to set the tone and direction of the Saxton Group's 1,500-plus employees in Texas.

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