H. Melville Hope, III
Chief Financial Officer, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen
H. Melville Hope, III has served the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen since December 2005.
Prior to his promotion to CFO, Mr. Hope served as senior vice president, finance and chief accounting officer for AFC Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of Popeyes, from 2004 to 2005 and vice president of finance from 2003 to 2004.
From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Hope was chief financial officer for First Cambridge HCI Acquisitions, LLC, a real estate investments firm located in Birmingham, Alabama. In this role Mr. Hope's principal duties were to negotiate acquisitions, financing and sales of real estate.
From 1984 to 2001, Mr. Hope was an accounting, auditing and business advisory professional for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, in Savannah, Georgia, and in Houston, Texas where he was admitted to the partnership in 1998. Mr. Hope built and led service teams executing IPOs, M&A transactions, financial statement audits and SEC reporting projects.
Mr. Hope is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration-Accounting from Belhaven College, where he graduated with honors.