Daniel Truett Cathy (born March 1, 1953), is an American businessman and the chairman, president, and CEO of fast-food chain Chick-fil-A. The chain was founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy.
Cathy was born in Jonesboro, Georgia. He began doing radio commercials for his father’s original Dwarf House restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia in the early 1960s. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University in 1975, then began working for his father’s company.
He started as director of operations, eventually being promoted to president and CEO. Cathy spends much of his time traveling to the chain’s 2,000 restaurants.
Cathy holds honorary doctorates from the University of West Georgia, Anderson College, Carver Bible College, and Pepperdine University. His family runs the WinShape Foundation, a non-profit which supports a group of Southern Baptist ministries.