Rita's Franchise Co., the water ice chain headquartered in Trevose, said it named Jonathan Fornaci as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Fornaci, former president of California-based Straw Hat Pizza, replaces interim CEO Thomas Christopoul, an operating partner at Falconhead Capital L.L.C., which took a controlling stake in Rita's earlier this month.

Rita's has 550 locations in 18 states.    - Reid Kanaley