Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


John Schnatter sues agency over his ouster from Papa John’s

The pizza chain’s founder is suing Laundry Service, saying the ad agency deliberately leaked details from a conference call in a dispute with the company.


Smokey Bones CEO looks back for the way forward

Six months into the job, James O’Reilly is re-stoking the barbecue.

The former Realogy Holdings executive will take over financial leadership for the big Burger King and Popeyes operator.

The Beekman Group has hired Paul Macaluso, an alumnus of Krystal, McAlister’s and Taco Bell, to spearhead the brand’s growth.

Last year’s hiring of industry vet Dave McDougall was part of the fast-casual pizza chain’s “continuity planning,” its former CEO said.

Mike Burns joins the two-chain company as COO, and Douglas Kwong comes aboard to head marketing.

The burger chain has named Tim Ward president and Bruce Vermilyea CFO, while CEO Paul Macaluso leaves.

CKE Restaurants also named 72andSunny its creative agency of record.

John Chidsey will succeed Trevor Haynes, who will become president of North American operations.

Stefan Boyd also previously served as CFO of Le Pain Quotidien.

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