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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Red Lobster hires Cijoy Olickal as CIO

The former Fogo de Chao CIO is the latest executive hire under new CEO Kelli Valade.


Restaurant aid failure exposes a growing lobbying rift

The National Restaurant Association and the Independent Restaurant Coalition both pushed for more aid to help the industry during the pandemic. But differing styles and disagreements between the two may have hampered the effort.

Mayer had been with the chain for more than seven years, most of which were spent as CMO.

Robillard joined the barbecue chain a year ago as VP of marketing. She spearheaded the chain's "Masters of Meat" campaign and led a revamp of the beverage program.

The restaurant veteran will take over at the emerging chain after starting as COO last year.

More than 2,000 people attended the Women's Foodservice Forum Leadership Conference, which also focused on diversity and compassion.

Rypka headed the chain for 12 years before the appointment of industry veteran GJ Hart, who left the fast casual late last year.

Howard, who has held the post for 14 years, will be succeeded by Doug Bostick, who has been with Fazoli’s for more than two decades.

The longtime former CEO of the Seattle-based coffee giant will replace Johnson as CEO on an interim basis as it looks for a permanent successor.

Morrison’s abrupt resignation this week from the publicly traded wing chain he transformed over the past decade, to helm 50-unit regional concept Salad and Go, is a major industry surprise.

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