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Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson received a big pay increase last year

His total pay package topped $20 million in 2021, up 39% over 2020, as the company’s sales and stock price strength returned.


For Sonic President Claudia San Pedro, it’s not just about selling hamburgers

San Pedro took an unusual route to her current role. But the lessons she’s learned along the way have helped the burger chain succeed and earned her a place among nominees for Restaurant Business Restaurant Leader of the Year.

The five finalists, Lisa Ingram, David Overton, Wyman Roberts, Peter Cancro and Claudia San Pedro, all took their chains to new heights by thinking differently.

The sandwich shop CEO, who has owned the company since he was 17, led his chain to soaring sales by taking care of franchisees, workers and communities, earning a Restaurant Leader of the Year nomination.

The CEO of Chili’s and Maggiano’s leaned on a lifetime of restaurant experience to weather a challenge no one was prepared for, creating a new blueprint for growth in the process.

Thompson spent eight years with Restaurant Brands International, serving as president of Tim Hortons USA and head of global operations for the parent of Burger King and Popeyes.

McIntyre will lead extensive menu development at the owner of bd's Mongolian Grill and other bowl chains.

The chain’s CEO and a Restaurant Leader of the Year nominee counts on tech, positive risk-taking, collaboration and company culture to last another 100 years.

Green has been with the chain for 18 years and will help it pursue new growth plans.

A self-avowed perpetual entrepreneur, Restaurant Leader of the Year finalist David Overton relies heavily on personal preferences and his own tastes in running what's now a multi-billion-dollar company sporting a multitude of brands.

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