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The former Fogo de Chao CIO is the latest executive hire under new CEO Kelli Valade.
Mayer had been with the chain for more than seven years, most of which were spent as CMO.
One of the industry’s fastest-growing brands has been content to carve out its own path to success.
Robillard joined the barbecue chain a year ago as VP of marketing. She spearheaded the chain's "Masters of Meat" campaign and led a revamp of the beverage program.
A historic December gave way to a difficult January for Darden Restaurants, but it had bounced back again by February.
On his final earnings call as chief executive, Lee provided some parting wisdom about the state of restaurants in an unusual moment for the economy.
The breakfast-and-lunch chain instituted a 3.9% hike in the first quarter as food and labor costs continue to rise.
The restaurant veteran will take over at the emerging chain after starting as COO last year.
The country’s largest restaurant franchisee said Applebee’s has become the top performer in its portfolio after a big 2021.
Schmidt replaces Craig Pommells, who left the chain to join Cracker Barrel in November.