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executive change

Leadership

Dan Accordino is retiring as Carrols Restaurant Group CEO

The longtime chairman and chief executive of the big Burger King franchisee will retire June 30. A search is underway for his replacement.

Leadership

KFC names Sabir Sami CEO

He will take over as head of the chicken chain on Jan. 1 for the retiring Tony Lowings. Dyke Shipp will become KFC president.

His son Andrew Truett Cathy will take over as the chicken chain’s third chief executive on Nov. 1, following a transition.

Richard Key has been with the fast-growing smoothie chain since 2018. The fast casual recently opened its 1,000th store.

The former marketing executive with Subway and Blaze will take over marketing leadership for the pretzel concept.

He is taking a position with the alcohol wholesaler Breakthru Beverage Group. Marvin Irby will serve as the association’s interim CEO.

Wouleta Ayele is Sweetgreen’s new chief technology officer following a 16-year career with Starbucks.

The company also named former Church’s executive Kerry Leo vice president of technology.

CMO Ellie Doty and COO Tom Curtis will oversee the Burger King business in the U.S. and Canada on an interim basis.

The nine-year veteran will be succeeded by President and CFO Greg Levin. Thomas Houdek will become financial chief.

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