Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Wonder taps former Nestlé exec as advisor for its growing B2B business

Perry Miele, former CEO of Nestlé Professional, will help steer WonderWorks as it looks to quadruple its footprint this year.


Remembering a social crusader named Bill Darden

Restaurant Rewind: In the era of Jim Crow, the namesake of Darden Restaurants refused to segregate dining rooms, even in the Deep South of 1935. Here's how the industry pioneer made a difference.

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said she will not seek re-election, ending a 14-year tenure of unprecedented union activity within the industry.

Executive Summary: Christian Kuhn is the new CMO at Blaze. Veteran chain executive Starlette Johnson becomes interim CEO at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and more.

The lifestyle icon has long had a keen eye on food and design trends and will share her outlook during a fireside chat.

Amanda Clark, who has helped boost the pizza chain’s development in the U.S. and globally, is leaving to take a CEO role “at another company in the franchise industry.”

Executive Summary: Restaurant brands large and small added new corporate employees this week.

Restaurant Rewind: Here's how bad things can get when a visiting VIP employee doesn't have a firm grasp on what they've gotten into.

Jeff Lobdell, president of Michigan-based Restaurant Partners Management, believes that greater industry unity is key for restaurants to overcome the various issues they face.

Executive Summary: Former P.F. Chang's CEO Damola Adamolekun has a new gig; John Kolaski has joined Patina Restaurant Group; and more on the latest executive moves.

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