Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Paris Baguette promotes its COO to CEO

Darren Tipton is the bakery-cafe chain’s new U.S. CEO, while its former chief executive, Jack Moran, becomes global CEO.


First Watch hires a chief transformation officer

Greg Barber joins the daytime-dining chain after nearly a decade with PepsiCo.

Adrienne Ingoldt was named chief brand and experience officer, Jennifer Kennedy was named chief product and innovation officer and Sarah Super was named chief risk officer.

Former CVS executive Kevin Hourican will replace him while Bene serves as an executive adviser through March.

Jeff Guido is joining the family chain as COO.

Mahesh Sadarangani, formerly of CEC, replaces Larry Kruguer, who resigned last month.

Clint Fendley will oversee finances for the parent company of Pizza Inn and Pie Five.

The chain’s chief operating officer was terminated without cause. Michael Buchmeier was named his interim replacement.

Chris Kempczinski focuses on values amid reports of a “party culture” under ousted predecessor Steve Easterbrook.

Lawrence Kruguer will leave in March, making him the fourth executive to leave the company in the past year.

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