He succeeds from James Kaa, who joined the company in 2017 and served as president and CEO for the past two years. Kaa stepped down to pursue other interests, although he will remain at Polly’s as VP of finance in a part-time role.
“These last six years at the company have been both rewarding and challenging,” Kaa said. “While navigating through a pandemic and recovering together, we remained strong and focused on better staffing, new menu products, facility improvements and so much more that is paying off in better financial results. Polly’s is in such a great place, and I can’t think of a better person than Eric to continue to raise the bar.”
Stenta joined Polly’s in 2019 as VP of operations and most recently senior VP and CCO. In his new position, he will be responsible for driving the brand’s overall performance while continuing to focus on customers, innovation, operational efficiency and most importantly, team member growth and opportunity.
“It’s been a pleasure working with Jim these last four years as we continued to grow and strengthen the Polly’s brand,” Stenta said. “I’m humbled and honored to now be taking the reins from him and look forward to building upon his success. With the launch of our nationwide pie shipping to go along with our 13 California locations, it’s an exciting time at Polly’s, and I can’t wait for everyone to witness what’s to come as we strive to reach new heights.”