By John S. Williams, Washington Times The chain of upscale restaurants has hired a new chief executive, bringing the number of new hires to seven.

Nashville-based restaurant chain Savor has hired Jason R. Williams as its new chief operating officer, the company said Friday.

The move comes after a tumultuous summer in which the chain was engulfed in controversy over its handling of sexual misconduct claims.

The company was the subject of a New York Times investigation into sexual harassment allegations that included allegations of retaliation.

The Nashville-based chain, founded in 2001, employs about 500 people, including some from the city of Nashville.

Williams has worked at Savor since 2010.

He has worked for restaurants in New York and Los Angeles, as well as for restaurants that specialize in upscale dining.