Aman Narang, Co-Founder and COO, to become CEO effective January 1, 2024
Current CEO Chris Comparato to remain on Board upon Narang’s appointment
BOSTON, MA —Toast (NYSE: TOST), the all-in-one digital technology platform built for restaurants, today announced the appointment of Aman Narang as CEO, effective January 1, 2024. Narang has served as Toast’s Co-President since December 2012 and Chief Operating Officer since June 2021. He will take over as CEO from Chris Comparato, who has served as the company’s CEO since February 2015, leading Toast through a remarkable period of growth with a focus on profitability and operational excellence. Both Comparato and Narang will remain on the Board.
Since co-founding the company in his basement in 2011 alongside Steve Fredette and Jonathan Grimm, Narang has been in instrumental leadership roles across the company as it scaled. Responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Business Development in Toast’s early years, his role expanded over time to include the Customer Success organization, the Fintech line of business, Operations, and other critical functions and key initiatives. Prior to Toast, Narang worked in product management at Endeca, now part of Oracle. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Aman is the ideal choice to lead Toast into its next era of growth,” said Chris Comparato, CEO of Toast. “Aman knows Toast better than anyone, he knows the restaurant community, he is passionate about our customers, and he has the right ‘recipe’ of experience and a growth mindset. I have worked side-by-side with Aman since I joined Toast in 2015 and I am delighted to be transitioning the CEO role to him and continuing to support Toast as a board member.”
During Comparato’s tenure as CEO, notable achievements include: growing Toast’s customer base to approximately 93,000 restaurant locations1; taking the company public in 2021; growing from 50 to 4500 employees globally2; exceeding $1B in ARR3; transforming Toast into a multi-product company; expanding into the enterprise segment and international markets; and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Board extends its deepest gratitude to Chris for his nine years of leadership and results during a transformational time for Toast,” said Mark Hawkins, Lead Independent Director and Former President and CFO of Salesforce. “After a thoughtful succession planning process, the Board is confident that Aman is the leader who will continue to propel Toast forward. He will be a dynamic, focused founder-CEO surrounded by an outstanding team and we look forward to working with him in this new capacity.” Effective January 1, 2024, Hawkins will become Chair of the Toast Board of Directors.
“Chris has led Toast through an incredible period of growth, and I have deeply valued his mentorship and friendship as we built Toast into the industry leader it is today,” said Aman Narang, COO and Co-Founder of Toast. “The past decade since we founded Toast has been such a remarkable journey. I am honored and excited to accept the responsibility of CEO. It is an exciting time to be part of the restaurant community and I am grateful and ready for the opportunity to serve it and our Toast employees as we continue to deliver on our mission to help the industry thrive.”
1As of June 30, 2023.
2 As of December 31, 2022.
3As of June 30, 2023.
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