Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


In a business of nonconformists, Popeyes founder Al Copeland broke the mold

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Darden Restaurants, Marco's Pizza and more make executive moves

Executive Summary: The president of LongHorn Steakhouse has a new job at its parent company, Marco's Pizza promotes John Meyers to chief operating officer, Biscuitville shakes up its leadership and more executive news of the week.

The longtime Bloomin’ official was most recently the company’s head of global business development. He replaces Chris Meyer, who is retiring.

The chief executive guided the drive-thru fast-food restaurant chains through the pandemic, restructuring and its sale last year to a trio of investment firms. A search is on for her successor.

CKE Restaurants, which also owns the burger chain Hardee’s, has separated its two fast-food brands and its international development under a trio of executives.

No reason was given for the departure of Rian McCartan. Alex Dunn, managing partner of the beverage chain’s owner The Larry Miller Co., was named interim CEO.

Attendees of this year’s Women’s Foodservice Forum Leadership Conference heralded the advances (and made the business case) for moving women into leadership roles. But there’s still work to do.

The casual-dining chain will take input from PW Partners on how to boost shareholder value. In exchange, PW will withdraw two board nominees.

The Dallas-based pizza restaurant operator, which also owns Pie Five, has six new executives in place in preparation for planned expansion.

Aaron Powell, the pizza chain’s global CEO, will take over management of the restaurant brand domestically while a replacement is found.

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