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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Steakhouse chain's parent names new CEO

Longtime leader Jonathan Segal will focus on contract development.


Captain D’s promotes chain vet to COO

Tim Ward, formerly of Arby's, has been with the seafood fast casual since 2011.

The top three officers were drawn from the independent community.

The marketing chief will take a sabbatical to spend time with his family.

Attendees of the Restaurant Leadership Conference were treated to a host of aha moments, including these.

The CEO of 7-Eleven could have boasted about the inroads his chain has made into a market that was once owned by attendees of the Restaurant Leadership Conference. Joe DePinto certainly had the sales numbers to support a little braggadocio: $2.7 billion from fresh food, $5 billion from beverages, 1 million cups of coffee, 100 million fountain drinks.

When Steve Easterbrook assumed the top post at McDonald’s Corp. on March 1, he brought to the job considerable experience in turnarounds and international market dynamics—two areas where his predecessor, Don Thompson, was spotty at best, critics say.

Denny Marie Post, CEO of Red Robin, is tasked with anticipating where consumer preferences will be down the road, and making sure her team is there, too.

KFC has hired a new CMO after promoting the former holder of that role earlier this year.

The chef and restaurateur hurt his own cause by not stopping with an apology to fans.

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