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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


National Restaurant Association to host Food Safety & Quality Assurance virtual event

The FS&QA community takes place Sept. 13-14 and features interactive sessions, breakouts and Q&A.


National Restaurant Association CEO Tom Bené steps down

He is taking a position with the alcohol wholesaler Breakthru Beverage Group. Marvin Irby will serve as the association’s interim CEO.

The former Red Robin CEO will help the virtual brand company develop concepts for large chains.

The former Inspire Brands operations executive will oversee operations at the 19-unit fast-casual chain.

Alex Kaleida will move into the chief financial officer post at the fast-casual chicken wing chain.

The former Kimberly-Clark executive will take over as head of the pizza delivery chain next month.

Williams had been a VP with the Mexican fast-casual chain since 2019.

Former Petco marketing executive Tariq Hassan will take over as U.S. CMO. Paul Pomroy will lead the company’s International Operated Markets while Alistair Macrow moves over to the U.K. and Ireland.

The former Domino’s executive was initially named COO with the chain in April. He will be tasked with turning around the fast-food chain.

The Hawaiian fast casual expands its leadership team as it prepares for national growth.

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