Chefette

Leadership

Assad John Haloute

Founder and Chairman

Assad Haloute, the founder and Executive Chairman, is the visionary behind the growth of Chefette from its humble beginnings, as a small restaurant in Fontabelle in 1972, to the largest privately held company in Barbados comprising, 14 restaurants, 9 drive-thrus, 7 playgrounds and a manufacturing plant, employing almost 800 Barbadians.

However, Assad does not take sole credit for Chefette’s success. Instead he insists that without its loyal and dedicated staff, the company would not be what it is today. Many of its staff have been at Chefette for 20 or more years; in fact quite a few have passed the 30 year mark. Chefette is committed to promoting from within with many of its senior management having worked their way up from Cleaner to Cook, to Supervisor, to Assistant Manager, to Branch Manager and even higher. He has always placed a heavy emphasis on staff training; as Assad says “You have to spend money to make money. If the staff are happy and well trained, customers will be happy”.

A father of two and grandfather of three, he is extremely proud of Chefette’s achievements and the legacy that he will leave for the next generation to follow but never forgets his own poor beginnings. He grew up in Trinidad, one of four brothers, and went to work at an early age for $2.50 a week to help pay school fees. He can remember going to school with cardboard in the bottom of his sneakers and acknowledges that he was toughened by his humble beginnings. [more]

Ryan Haloute

Managing Director

Ryan Haloute is the son of the company's founder and Executive Chairman Assad Haloute.

Ryan oversees Chefette’s Accounting, Information Technology and Advertising & Marketing to ensure the company remains very aggressive in its pursuit to continue to revolutionize the restaurant industry in Barbados by providing wonderful experiences and thereby creating “Raving Fans!” in its internal and external customers. 

He started working with the company in October 2001 after successfully completing his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Florida International University in Miami.

On November 1, 2008, Ryan was promoted to the post of Managing Director.

Janine Haloute

Deputy Managing Director

Janine Haloute is the daughter of the company’s Executive Chairman, Assad Haloute and sister to the company’s Managing Director, Ryan Haloute.

Janine oversees Chefette’s Operations, Employee Relations & Training and Administrative & Industrial Relations to ensure the company remains cutting edge in its practices, delivers excellent service and continues to be one of the best employer’s of choice.

She started working with the company in October 2006 after successfully completing her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Florida International University in Miami.

On November 1, 2008, Janine was promoted to the post of Deputy Managing Director.