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Marugame Udon hires former Pieology Pizza CEO to lead U.S. growth

Gregg Imamoto is the 11-unit fast casual’s new CEO. He will be charged with expanding the Japanese brand in this country.


Dave & Buster’s CEO Brian Jenkins to retire

Jenkins, who helmed the eatertainment brand through the depths of the pandemic to a record-setting quarter, will stay on as an advisor with the chain until the end of November.

Mike Freeman has been with the Focus Brands fast casual for 13 years.

The longtime industry veteran has previously served as CEO of Jimmy John's.

The operations executive previously worked for Hakkasan Group and several restaurant-affiliated companies overseas.

In what the family chain describes as key hires, MIchael Kaufman has come aboard to focus on strategy and analytics, and Jacob Barden has moved over from Burger King to oversee development.

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

Alex Kaleida will move into the chief financial officer post at the fast-casual chicken wing chain.

The company is ramping up its U.S. business following a $24 million seed round in April.

Former Petco marketing executive Tariq Hassan will take over as U.S. CMO. Paul Pomroy will lead the company’s International Operated Markets while Alistair Macrow moves over to the U.K. and Ireland.

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