IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS), the first company to offer a comprehensive suite of international operations, development and market research solution for franchisors, is pleased to announce that William Gabbard has been promoted to president. Mr. Gabbard started with EGS as a senior director in 2007 and assumed the role of executive vice president in 2016.

“With our company's increased focus on providing international operations services to franchisors, Mr. Gabbard will be responsible for developing and managing our operations activities around the globe. His 30 years of international operations and development experience as a franchisor, franchisee, and management consultant make Bill uniquely qualified to oversee franchise operations worldwide for our clients,” said William Edwards, chief executive officer.

William Gabbard has successfully facilitated the expansion of U.S. companies into global markets, including Asia, Middle East, Latin America, European Union, Africa and North America, for more than three decades. His in-depth knowledge of foreign markets and international food and beverage development, combined with his extensive international network of organizations and investors, has enabled him to be highly successful in international franchise operations and development. Prior to joining EGS in 2007, Mr. Gabbard was the founder and CEO of ProFusion Systems, CEO of Zoring International, and executive vice president of Navis Pack and Ship Centers, aka The Packaging Stores.

“It’s very exciting to work with Bill Edwards to take EGS to the next level of global franchise operations services alongside our highly experienced team around the globe.” Mr. Gabbard stated. “EGS has an outstanding record of success, and it will be an honor to lead EGS into the next decade, offering the expanded services needed in our industry.”

About Edwards Global Services, Inc.

From initial global market research and country prioritization, to developing new international markets and providing operational support around the world, EGS offers the only complete international operations and development solution based on experience as franchisors, international licensees, franchisees and consultants. EGS works with 30+ U.S. franchise brands across 40 countries and possesses in-depth knowledge across food and beverage and retail and service sectors. With an operations and development team in over 40 countries, EGS is experienced in finding, qualifying, signing, starting, growing and fixing intentional licensees processes and services based on decades of problem-solving experience in diverse cultures. EGS is the world’s first complete international operations, development and market research solution for franchisors, and has received the U.S. Presidential “E” Award and “E” Star Award for Export Excellence. To learn more, visit


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