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Leadership

Red Lobster names former Chili's chief Kelli Valade CEO

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

Leadership

Kim Lopdrup to retire as Red Lobster CEO

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.

Regina Tobin moves up to chief learning and culture offer, and Hernan Mujica is appointed an executive officer.

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

The longtime company veteran takes over for Roz Brewer, who is now the CEO of Walgreen’s. Michael Conway will take over as president of international.

Danielle Vona, a veteran of Sonic and Pepsico, moves up from CMO of Outback.

The franchise veteran previously helped to expand Qdoba, Moe's and Potbelly.

The owner of Fatburger and Johnny Rockets also named Allen Sussman general counsel and Rob Rosen EVP capital markets.

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