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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Red Robin hires Brian Sullivan as culinary chief amid menu revamp

Sullivan was the longtime top chef at California Pizza Kitchen, where he worked with Red Robin CEO G.J. Hart.


Freddy's Scott Redler named National Restaurant Association chairman for 2023

Jeff Lobdell, founder of Restaurant Partners Management, becomes vice chairman. Areas USA COO Richard Schneider was appointed treasurer.

A judge ruled that David Fairhurst, the company’s former head of human resources, had a duty to report actions by former CEO Steve Easterbrook that led to its ouster.

The executive director of culinary innovation offers four lessons learned as top toque at the Asian quick-service chain.

The former Starbucks executive will oversee strategic growth and development for the franchise system.

Julie Younglove-Webb was named chief brand officer for Auntie Anne’s while the brand operator named new heads of design and real estate.

The fast-growing healthy dining chain said it is building out its executive roster as it prepares for expansion this year.

The former Wieden+Kennedy director will take on the newly created role as Chili’s ramps up its marketing efforts.

Patrick O’Toole will be the burger chain's CMO in the U.S. and Canada as it works to revitalize its brand.

Carl Mount, most recently with Starbucks, brings deep experience in both supply chain and purchasing to the position.

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