leadership

Leadership

How Gerry Fernandez made diversity a restaurant cause

The founder and longtime leader of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance looks back on his 27-year quest to view inclusion as a business driver.

Leadership

Wild Eggs and Eggs Up Grill name new executives

Executive Summary: A roundup of high-level job changes in the restaurant business includes a new executive for PrimoHoagies.

Eduardo Luz, Panera's former chief brand and concept officer, was named CEO and president of the 30-year-old casual-dining chain, effective immediately.

After falling into what new CEO Brandon Coleman called a “sea of sameness,” the storied casual-dining brand is betting things like sushi, mocktails and entertainment will help make it relevant again.

Executive Summary: A roundup of high-level job changes in the restaurant business includes new hires for SBE.

Patra will assume the newly created position after spending 15 years at Brinker.

Restaurant Rewind: The pop singer and proponent of a never-ending happy hour was that rare rock star who found nearly as much success in the hospitality business as he did in music. And he did have some company.

Scarlett’s position, COO of casual dining, is being eliminated as part of “organizational design changes” at Bloomin’. He has worked there for nearly 30 years.

Laphonza Butler comes to the job after spending much of her career leading the SEIU's California chapter.

Executive Summary: A roundup of high-level job changes in the restaurant business includes changes for Surcheros Fresh Mex and Full Course.

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