Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Mandy Shaw named Blaze Pizza CEO

Shaw, previously the fast-casual chain’s CFO, takes over for Jim Mizes, who retired in August.


McDonald’s adjusts to its new leadership

New CEO Chris Kempczinski and Chairman Enrique Hernandez held a town hall meeting with employees Wednesday while the new U.S. leader meets with franchisees.

CEOs as a rule don’t stick around in their jobs for long, but the amount of turnover in the restaurant business of late has been unusual.

The longtime marketer used a presentation at GRLC to share his take on leadership and where the restaurant industry is headed.

Max Wetzel was named chief commercial and marketing officer, and several executives, including CFO Joe Smith, will leave the company.

In Joe Erlinger, the company’s U.S. business gets an experienced operations executive known for working with franchisees.

The winners of this year’s GRLC Distinction Awards include several of the world’s largest restaurant operations, hailing from three continents.

The company said he had a consensual relationship with an employee. Chris Kempczinski was named CEO.

The National Restaurant Association and other trade groups have joined with three key federal agencies to promote ways of reducing overproduction and getting more safe discarded food to the needy.

Rave Restaurant Group, which also runs Pizza Inn, appointed the former Pei Wei Asian Diner CMO to the post after the recent ouster of CEO Scott Crane.

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