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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Focus Brands President Beto Guajardo named CEO of Blaze Pizza

Guajardo replaces Mandy Shaw, who led the fast-casual chain through the pandemic.


Carrols Restaurant Group CEO Paulo Pena dies

The former McDonald’s executive was named head of the Burger King franchisee last year. Anthony Hull was named interim chief executive.

The Austin, Texas-based parent to Olamaie’s, Maie Day and Little Ola’s Biscuits has plans for growth in 2023.

Ben Dubost was named chief development officer for the chicken chain and Kate Ward was named chief legal officer.

Buchmeier, who has spent a combined 25 years at the chain, is the latest C-suite departure under new CEO G.J. Hart.

The former venture capital firn exec joins the organic-juice chain to lead finance, HR, compliance and legal divisions.

The notable passings include the deaths of chain founders, a salacious critic and the co-founder of Ronald McDonald Houses.

With ties to Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, this quick-service concept has 40 units in development.

The new head chef, tasked with driving the evolution of the menu, brings 30 years of experience to the job.

The fast-food operator, which also operates Del Taco, named Dawn Hooper its principal financial officer.

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