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Black Bear Diner, a family dining brand based in Redding, Calif., added its first chief people officer on Tuesday.

Tammy Johns joins the homey restaurant brand after 25 years in the restaurant industry, including roles as chief people officer at quick-service burger chain Farmer Boys Foods Inc. and VP of human resources at Lemonade Restaurant Group.

Johns will report directly to Black Bear Diner president and CFO Anita Adams.

We’re excited for the depth of experience and leadership that Tammy brings to Black Bear Diner as we execute against our accelerated growth plans,” said Adams in a statement.

Black Bear Diner operates 131 locations in 13 states.

I am very excited to join the team of dedicated team members and franchisees at Black Bear Diner,” said Johns in a statement.

The people-first culture at Black Bear Diner is an environment that fits my philosophy of happy employees, happy guests! I am honored to work with this team of executives to foster unit growth while ensuring a best-in-class people culture. You really cannot have one without the other.”