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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Chuck E. Cheese makes a big international push

The eatertainment brand has appointed Mario Centola executive vice president and chief operating officer of international operations, and Adrienne Gonzalez is its new director of international marketing.


Taco John’s names Mark Kocer COO

The 30-year industry veteran will oversee day-to-day operations at the Mexican chain.

Arby’s has named Rita Patel Brand its chief marketing officer (CMO). In her new role, Patel will oversee Arby’s brand strategy, menu and culinary innovation, as well as advertising and integrated ...

Restaurant Rewind: Allegations of personal use have grounded more than a few high flyers.

Jeff Uttz, who also worked with Yard House, will oversee finance for the revolving sushi chain.

Kareem Daniel, chairman of media and entertainment distribution at Walt Disney Co., is the fourth new director this year.

He’s spent his first months on the job asking field-level staff and even suppliers what the brand should do differently. It's resulted in an avalanche of fresh ideas.

Graciela Chadwick, who spent 13 years with the chicken sandwich chain, will oversee operations for the rapidly growing cookie concept.

After spearheading the technology at Brinker, he will become an advisor for San Francisco-based Zipline as it eyes restaurant delivery.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition is expanding its focus to become a peer-to-peer support system for non-chain restaurants.

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