Our Team - Cheesecake Shop
Chief Executive Officer
Scott Bush was appointed CEO of The Cheesecake Shop in Australia in 2022, eager to reignite passion for the nostalgic brand as he and his team pursue ambitious expansion plans for the business across Australia and New Zealand.
The versatile and dynamic business leader joined The Cheesecake Shop after two decades with Domino’s, where he oversaw operations inside the brand, most recently as CEO of Domino’s in Ireland. Scott brings his appetite for the franchise industry to his role as CEO, alongside an innate ability to build connections, innovate and lead franchise teams to success. With exceptional leadership skills and business acumen, Scott is focused on growing The Cheesecake Shop's sales and improving company and franchisee profits.
Chief Marketing Officer
Rebecca Barnes celebrated joining The Cheesecake Shop in 2023, bringing extensive experience working with franchise-driven businesses, developing brands and delivering compelling marketing campaigns with strong ROI for businesses in varied industries.
As Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Rebecca is set to ensure The Cheesecake Shop is acknowledged as a leader in the franchise industry, delivering the brand story through its core purpose of helping families, friends, communities, and workplaces celebrate life’s sweet moments.
Chief Financial Officer
Evelyn Zhou has been celebrating all the important sweet moments with The Cheesecake Shop since 2005.
In her role as Chief Financial Officer, Evelyn leads a team that manages all aspects of the financial management and procedures of the company, including accounts payable. She has also been instrumental in leading the business through the due diligence procedures of two sales during business ownership changes.
She is proud to lead a happy and committed team that has supported the broader business with steady financial management through different chapters in the life of The Cheesecake Shop brand.
Chief Information Officer
Brad Dight joined The Cheesecake Shop in August of 2023 in the newly created role of Chief Information Officer (CIO), after consulting for the brand for a couple of months prior.
Brad has extensive experience in leading digital and technology teams, delivering strategy and overseeing cybersecurity, governance, compliance, applications, infrastructure and operations with high-profile brands including Virgin, Craveable Brands, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited and Tatts Group.
Brad has an outstanding track record in creating and leading high performing teams in large global companies with high-tech complex digital platforms and services.
His appointment to the iconic cake franchise demonstrates the commitment to digital investment for The Cheesecake Shop as the brand embarks on a significant digital transformation.
Head of Operations
Rachel Killen put on her celebration hat and joined The Cheesecake Shop as Head of Operations in 2023.
With over 20 years of experience in business and people management, Rachel joined The Cheesecake Shop from Jim’s Dog Wash, where she was CEO of Franchisee and Franchisor Support.
In this role, she assisted 160 franchisees in their business growth, seeing her receive awards for providing exceptional support and development of franchisees in the network. In her current role, Rachel provides operational expertise, support and leadership to The Cheesecake Shop franchise community to achieve sales and customer growth, efficiencies and development targets.
General Manager of Franchise Development
Nick Avgerinos has celebrated all the special moments with The Cheesecake Shop since 2010.
As General Manager of Franchise Development, Nick is the first point of contact for prospective franchisees, landlords and agents wanting to be part of The Cheesecake Shop’s award-winning organization.
With a degree in law and accounting, he brings strong analytical skills and financial acumen to lay the groundwork for completing the contract with the new franchise owner and collaborates with other departments in the business to identify growth strategies, plans and goals for continued growth and development of the brand.
Head of Strategic Initiatives
Justin Menzies has celebrated all the special moments with The Cheesecake Shop since commencing with the brand in 2014 after working as operations manager for Billy Baxter’s café chain for nearly a decade. Before this, he was part of the Pizza Hut corporate team.
Justin understands what it takes to run a small business, having previously opened three of his own franchised pizza restaurants.
As Head of Strategic Initiatives, a newly created role in the business, Justin is focused on building strong relationships with multiple suppliers as he develops retail opportunities for franchisees and works to help position the brand as a leader in industry.
General Manager, Procurement & Supply ANZ
Garry Murphy has been part of celebrations at The Cheesecake Shop since 2019.
In his role as General Manager, Procurement & Supply ANZ, Garry oversees the sourcing, purchase and distribution of the all-important, special ingredients that make The Cheesecake Shop cakes irresistible.
Responsible for all elements of The Cheesecake Shop supply chain, Garry overseas distribution centres in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and supply agreements in New Zealand from his home base of Sydney.
General Manager - New Zealand
Colin Mellar celebrated a return to The Cheesecake Shop in 2022 after previously working with the company a decade ago.
With extensive experience in franchising and stakeholder management, Colin’s role as General Manager in New Zealand sees him as chief caretaker and custodian of the brand, its stores, and franchisees in New Zealand.
Colin’s experience in iconic brands doesn’t just start and stop with The Cheesecake Shop. His career spans decades of working with well-loved brands including Toyworld, McDonalds, Hell Pizza and KFC. He was also instrumental in expanding the Oliver’s Food brand in Australia.