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Wahlburgers CEO stepping down after leading group for more than six years

Rick Vanzura, head of the burger chain started by Hollywood stars Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their brother Paul, is resigning as chief executive of the Hingham-based chain of 26 restaurants.

Vanzura is leaving to run another restaurant chain, Wahlburgers said in a statement. Vanzura did not identify his new employer, but said it was an out-of-state company and added his family plans to keep their home in Hingham.

A former executive at Panera, Vanzura has been with Wahlburgers for more than six years, almost since its inception. Patrick Renna, the company’s chief financial officer, has been named interim CEO, while the company searches for Vanzura’s successor.


The parting is amicable. Donnie Wahlberg issued a statement on behalf of the three brothers, saying “we are grateful for Rick’s years of tireless dedication to this company and being a key part of our brand growth and franchise development.”

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