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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Potbelly’s CMO to depart later this month

Brandon Rhoten had served as chief marketing officer at the struggling sandwich chain since June 2018.


Applebee's co-founder Bill Palmer dies

The former Burger King field exec created the brand as a step-up from fast food.

Mark Lohmann, formerly Rego Restaurant Group’s chief brand officer, will now oversee marketing and operations as the company prepares for strategic acquisitions.

The Kansan later became a Papa John's franchisee and touted his defection in an ad bashing Pizza Hut.

The head of the International Franchise Association plans to leave the organization when his contract expires on March 31. No successor will initially be pursued.

Jessica Wescott, who joined the fast-casual chain in 2018, will take on the dual roles.

In a post on the company's website, he said "the time has come" to leave the company he founded in 2014.

Dine Brands Global will replace Steve Joyce with the CEO of the real estate brokerage company Realogy Franchise Group.

It’s the latest in a string of new hires at the burger giant amid a quiet shakeup in the executive team.

Matthew Revord has been with the sandwich chain for nearly 14 years.

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