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executive change

Leadership

National Restaurant Association CEO Tom Bené steps down

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

Technology

Sweetgreen taps former Starbucks tech exec as CTO

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.

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

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

Currently Black Box CEO, Valade will succeed Kim Lopdrup at the seafood giant on Aug. 2.

He'll remain in the job until a replacement is named. The search has already commenced, according to the company.

The former Coca-Cola executive will be responsible for developing strategies that build the company’s position in the coffee business.

George Evans was named chief operating officer and Kathy Buckley was named CFO of the casual-dining chain.

The Dunkin’ Brands finance chief will take over for David Pipes, who is retiring after a 40-year career.

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