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Leadership

Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry

Leadership

Famous Dave's parent hires global development expert to lead franchising

Manny Packing was most recently director of international real estate and construction for Inspire Brands.

Leadership

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.

The longtime chairman and chief executive of the big Burger King franchisee will retire June 30. A search is underway for his replacement.

He will take over as head of the chicken chain on Jan. 1 for the retiring Tony Lowings. Dyke Shipp will become KFC president.

Jimmy John's vet Gregg Majewski intends to bulldoze what's been holding back the industry's largest collection of stir-fry concepts for decades.

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

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.

The chain’s soon-to-be-former CEO stumbled into a gay marriage controversy that sticks with the chain to this day, but RB’s The Bottom Line says its devotion to culture and service has been the key to its remarkable growth.

His son Andrew Truett Cathy will take over as the chicken chain’s third chief executive on Nov. 1, following a transition.

Richard Key has been with the fast-growing smoothie chain since 2018. The fast casual recently opened its 1,000th store.

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