Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Mountain Mike's gets a new CEO, Bloomin' Brands CFO retires and more executive updates

Executive Summary: Jim Metevier was elevated to chief executive of the pizza chain and Christopher Meyer is retiring from the Outback Steakhouse parent after two decades.


Shake Shack, Whataburger, Pincho add new execs in busy week for job changes

Executive Summary: Michael Kark becomes president of global licensing at Shake Shack and more restaurant leadership shifts.

Restaurant Rewind: No, he’s not the person who started the awards program of the same name. Nor did he turn his home over to visiting chefs. The industry pioneer’s contributions are far more nuts-and-bolts.

Among the vanguard of chefs who redefined French fine dining, Bouley also believed food had an important role in good health.

Williams, previously president of Taco Bell International, will assume her new role at the fast-casual grilled chicken chain on March 11.

Executive Summary: Plus, Sunny Street Cafe promotes a veteran leader to president and more restaurant industry leadership shifts.

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

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.

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