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Swig CEO Rian McCartan Departs the Company

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Swig CEO Rian McCartan has left that brand, the company confirmed Friday.

Alex Dunn, left, a managing partner at Swig parent company The Larry H. Miller Company, will serve as interim CEO at the Utah-based chain while the drive-thru ‘dirty soda’ shop conducts a nationwide search for its next chief executive.

McCartan, who has also worked for See’s Candy, American Eagle Outfitters, Williams-Sonoma Inc., and Skechers U.S.A., was named CEO of Swig in October 2022. Under his leadership, Swig has grown unit counts by more than 20%.

The Larry H. Miller Company, a real-estate and entertainment investment company, acquired a majority stake in Swig in November 2022. At that time, minority stakeholders included founder Nicole Tanner and previous owner, private-equity firm Savory Fund.

Swig, founded in St. George, Utah, in 2010 by Tanner, is known for its drive-thru shops serving “dirty sodas,” a term the company trademarked in 2014. Dirty sodas are defined as sparkling beverages with add-ins like cream, fruit, and flavored syrups. They are currently spreading in popularity nationwide after taking off in Utah.

Swig, which just started franchising, currently has 63 units and has recently expanded into new markets, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Oklahoma.


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