Washington, DC 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 16, 2023

Commission File Number: 001-36556

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter.)



(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

3535 Harbor Blvd Suite 100, Costa Mesa, California 92626

(Address of principal executive offices)


(Registrant's Telephone number)

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On August 16, 2023, John M. Roth, a member of the board of directors (the “Board”) of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), resigned as a director of the Board, effective immediately. Mr. Roth was a member of the Board since 2007 and his resignation was in connection with the Company’s previously-announced repurchase of shares of the Company’s common stock from certain affiliates of Freeman Spogli & Co. (“Freeman Spogli”). Mr. Roth is a general partner and the chief executive officer of Freeman Spogli. Mr. Roth’s resignation was not the result of any dispute or disagreement with the Company or the Board on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.

Mr. Roth was a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. Douglas J. Babb, a current member of the Board has been elected to fill the vacancy on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee left by Mr. Roth’s resignation. In connection with Mr. Roth’s resignation the Board reduced the size of the Board to nine directors.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.





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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.

Date: August 21, 2023


/s/ Anne Jollay


Anne Jollay


Corporate Secretary