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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Panera hires Marlene Gordon as chief legal officer

Gordon will also serve as SVP and secretary for Panera Bread and Panera Brands, the company said.


Papa John’s makes some executive changes

Amanda Clark was promoted to chief international and development officer and Liz Williams is named chief international operations officer for the pizza chain.

Sticking to its political policies has put the entertainment giant at odds with Gov. DeSantis. Was the turmoil worth it?

The experienced hospitality marketer joins the 20-unit brewpub chain as it looks to expand.

He has 35 years of experience working with numerous brands, including Bloomin’ Brands, Wendy’s and Arby’s.

The former finance executive will lead the brand under the Canadian brand operator MTY Food Group.

A positive attitude and a non-stop motor have helped the Sonic brand president, the 2022 Restaurant Leader of the Year, overcome any challenge, from learning English to facing a pandemic.

The 10-unit dessert concept said it has extensive growth plans.

The longtime executive will oversee technology at the owner of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Jamba and other concepts.

She has more than 30 years of human resources experience, most recently with True Food Kitchen.

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