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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Another Broken Egg promotes Tom Robertson, Brandy Blackwell

The former is the chain's new COO, while the latter will now be responsible for all marketing.


Buffalo Wild Wings promotes Tristan Meline to CMO

Meline has been the chain's VP of brand management since September 2021. He replaces Rita Patel, who became CMO at sister brand Arby's.

Leigh Burnside served previously as CFO or Wendy's U.S. She replaces Darrell Snygg, who is retiring.

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

Fitzgerald brings more than 25 years of non-profit experience to the role.

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.

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