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National Restaurant Association names Marvin Irby interim CEO

The group’s CFO and chief people officer will also fulfill the CEO’s duties for the NRAEF until a new chief for both bodies is brought aboard.

The National Restaurant Association has appointed CFO and Chief People Officer Marvin Irby as interim CEO and president starting Jan. 1 and continuing until a full-time replacement for current chief Dawn Sweeney is in place.

Marvin Irby

Marvin Irby

Irby will also function as CEO of the group’s educational arm, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, which Sweeney also heads.

Sweeney announced in May that she would retire from both posts on Dec. 31, capping a 12-year tenure. A committee of the Association’s board commenced a search for her replacement at that time, with Sweeney assisting in that effort. 

That effort continues, the Association said. 

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