Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Taco John’s names Heather Neary CEO

Neary spent 15 years with Auntie Anne’s and most recently served as brand president at quick-service franchisee KBP Brands. She’s charged with ushering in a “new era of growth” at the Mexican fast-food chain.


Smashburger names former Starbucks exec CEO

Denise Nelsen spent more than two decades at Starbucks, most recently leading U.S. operations. Now she's plotting new business ventures and international growth at the fast-casual burger brand.

Former Wetzel's Pretzels CEO Jennifer Schuler joins the Canfield, Ohio-based Handel's Homemade Ice Cream at a time of growth for the 130-unit franchise chain.

The fast-food chain is combining the CEO and chairman roles for the first time in 20 years as longtime director and Chairman Enrique Hernandez steps down.

The coffee shop giant named Michael Conway CEO of North America while CMO Brady Brewer takes the helm at Starbucks International.

Simultaneously, its personnel-development and educational arm has expanded its senior team.

Executive Summary: Jack in the Box's Chief Supply Chain Officer Dean Gordon will help search for his replacement; Shuckin' Shack names a COO and more restaurant industry leadership shifts.

Jeff Klein will replace him as president of Popeyes in the U.S. and Canada. Thiago Santelmo was named president of international.

Restaurant Rewind: Before Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, he was parked outside the establishment of a then-famous operator with a reputation Boy Scouts would envy. Here's the story of Harris Machus.

The 70th annual awards from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association recognize leaders who have made lasting contributions to advance the foodservice industry.

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