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executive change


Dine Brands CFO Tom Song to step down

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


Heather Neary to leave Auntie Anne’s as parent Focus Brands overhauls management

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.

Randy DeWitt has been succeeded as CEO by Jack Gibbons, and the company has been recast into a venture called FB Society

He assumes the job from CEO Kent Taylor, who said the move will free him to focus on new business endeavors for the company.

The former chief of Olive Garden, LongHorn and Capital Grille has been instrumental in the casual-dining giant's success.

The 58-year-old brand intends to enter the fast-casual market later this year.

Suitors have come forth for Bloomin’ Brands’ Brazilian operations, but not for the company as a whole, officials say.

The appointment was the latest top-level executive and board changes disclosed today by Bloomin’ Brands.

Olivier Poirot will assume leadership of the contract company in North America.

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