Chairman & CEO
Dan T. Cathy is Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc, one of the nation's largest family-owned businesses, and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Since taking over the business from his father and founder, S. Truett Cathy, Dan represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based fast-food chicken restaurant chain.
Dan’s career began at age nine when he sang songs for customers and performed radio commercials for the chain's original "Dwarf House" restaurant in Hapeville, Ga. Named as Chairman and CEO in 2013, Dan served as the president and chief operating officer since 2001. Previous roles include senior director of operations, vice president of operations and executive vice president.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Dan serves on the board of directors for The Georgia Aquarium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member for the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and he serves on the board of advisors for Eagle Ranch, Global Teen Challenge, and Heritage Preparatory School. Additionally, he is the chairman of The Carter Center’s Board of Councilors.
A musician known to pull out his trumpet inside and out of the office, Cathy also enjoys the quieter hobby of gardening and landscaping. He’s a former high school competitive wrestler and lifelong athlete who’s completed multiple marathons. Most recently Dan has become a road cyclist on his Chick-fil-A branded bike. A member of the “Moo Cow Bikers,” he hits the open roads on his motorcycle with friends, and he is also known to take to the skies piloting small planes.
Dan and his wife, Rhonda have two sons, Andrew, Senior Vice President of People at Chick-fil-A, and Ross, Operator of Midland FSR. They are also the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.