John Budd

Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer

John Budd is executive vice president, chief strategy and business development officer for the Oklahoma City-based national headquarters of SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®. He is responsible for SONIC’s strategic near-term and long-term technology path and has been a driving force behind the development of enterprise wide strategy, franchise development function (sales, real estate and construction), supply chain, enterprise program management, and the implementation of key technology initiatives and technology support.

Budd joined SONIC in 2013 from the Boston Consulting Group, where he served as a partner and managing director. In that role, he gained relevant experience helping restaurant brands create successful management strategies, drive unit growth, implement long-term menu innovation and improve same-store sales and profits. Prior to his work with Boston Consulting Group, he held various domestic and international roles of increasing accountability with General Electric.

Budd earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

He serves on the finance committee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation.

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