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executive change


Tom Sacco named CEO of Happy Joe's and Tony Sacco's chains

He will also carry the title of chief happiness officer.


Lisa Ingram named White Castle chair

The CEO and great-granddaughter of the company’s founder will take over for her father, Bill Ingram, who is retiring.

Former CEO and director Justin Nedelman has departed the regional casual-dining chain.

Rachel Ruggeri will take over as the coffee giant’s finance chief on Feb. 1.

The veteran of Pret a Manger and Starbucks will build on the overseasl base provided by Inspire’s purchase of Dunkn’ Brands.

Big-name players are realigning top management to provide more flexibility and give additional attention to new revenue streams.

The former National Restaurant Association chief will be part of the consultancy’s restaurant and association practices.

Allison Hall will assume his duties on an interim basis as of Jan. 22.

Melissa Smith was named chief people officer for Focus; Kendall Ware was named chief brand officer of Carvel and Cinnabon; and Alisa Gmelich was named chief brand officer for Auntie Anne’s.

Rick Cardenas will move up to president and COO of Darden Restaurants while Raj Vennam will become CFO.

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