Lauren Fernandez is CEO of Full Course, a restaurant development and investment firm. Her expertise spans restaurant operations and development; brand licensing; franchising; and consumer product development. In her career as counsel and corporate executive, she has established franchise partnerships, licensing programs, distribution, and supply chains for food and drug companies globally, and has guided them in growing new revenue streams. Before forming Full Course in the fall of 2019, Lauren was the co-founder and co-owner of restaurant development firm Origin Development Group.
Lauren served as General Counsel for FOCUS Brands and as Associate General Counsel and Global Trademark Counsel for CIBA VISION, a division of Novartis. At FOCUS Brands, she was responsible for franchising administration of six brands and 4,400 units, and directed dozens of international deals. While at CIBA VISION, she was part of an elite team that successfully launched a $2B contact lens product internationally in over 140 countries.
Jared chats with Lauren Fernandez about her experiences moving from a career as a practicing lawyer to a business owner and entrepreneur in the restaurant industry. For lawyers looking for a change,...
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