Papa Johns and Angry Chickz name new executives

Executive Summary: A roundup of high-level job changes in the restaurant business includes changes for Del Taco.
Steve Brown, Amanda Clark and Joe Sieve.
Steve Brown, Amanda Clark and Joe Sieve. | Photos courtesy of Papa Johns and Angry Chickz.

Executive Summary

Papa Johns has made a few changes to its executive suite. The pizza chain has promoted Amanda Clark from chief international and development officer to chief operating officer, international. In her new role, she will focus on developing Papa Johns' footprint in international markets and oversee operations in such markets.  Joe Sieve, who serves as chief restaurant officer, will assume North American development responsibilities and continue to oversee corporate and franchise restaurant operations in North America. These changes are effective Sept. 18.

California chicken concept Angry Chickz has named three new executives. John Scott joins the brand as CFO and Steve Brown will assume the role of VP of human resources. William Lopez also joins Angry Chickz as director of operations. Scott has held financial leadership positions over the last 23 years at brands including   Yoshinoya America, Mountain Mikes Pizza and BJ’s Restaurants. Brown has 17 years of experience in HR leadership roles. Most recently, he served as VP of people at Veggie Grill. Lopez previously held operations roles at brands including Wendy’s, Raising Cane’s and Whataburger. He also served in the U.S. Air Force for 17 years.

Tom Rose has been appointed to brand president of Del Taco. He replaces Chad Gretzema, who stepped down to pursue a new opportunity. Rose brings 30 years of restaurant experience to the role. He recently consulted Jack in the Box on its initiative to improve the company-owned Kanas City market. He also spent a decade as co-founder and franchisee of North Star Foods, and has held senior leadership positions at Orion Food Systems.

Stephen Kadenacy has joined Black Rifle Coffee as chief financial officer. Previously, he was CFO of engineering company AECOM. He is also a significant shareholder of BRCC, the parent company of Black Riffle Coffee. He played a role in the business combination of BRCC and SilverBox, and served as co-managing member of SilverBox Capital, an investment firm Kadenacy co-founded in 2017. He was also the CEO of Boxwood Merger Corp and remained on its board after its merger with Atlas Technical Consulting.

SPB Hospitality has named Tom Petska vice president of franchise sales. In the new role, he will focus on expanding the company's restaurant portfolio, which includes concepts Logan’s Roadhouse and Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom. Petska has a history of expanding national brands, including First Watch and Another Broken Egg Cafe.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach has named Chef Michael Paley executive steakhouse chef of its American steakhouse concept Prime 54. Most recently, Paley served as executive chef of Klaw in Miami. He also held the role of executive chef of Amara at Paraiso as well as at Austin’s South Congress Hotel and Hotel Ella.

Thompson Palm Springs has welcomed Quentin Garcia as its new executive chef. In his new role, Garcia will build on the concept of Thompson Palm Springs' newest mainstay restaurant, lead front- and back-of-house kitchen staff and curate new programming for the Palm Springs culinary scene. Most recently, Garcia served as executive chef of Rainbird, and he brings nearly two decades of industry experience to his new role.

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