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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


How Ron Shaich transformed Panera—5 times

Here's what Ron Shaich, Restaurant Business’ 2018 Restaurant Leader of the Year, recalls as the critical pivot points so far for the company he led for more than three decades.


Krystal names Paul Macaluso CEO

The former McAlister’s Deli president brings marketing and operations experience to the job.

Over the course of the past two years, management has strengthened the culture; improved the business model and unit economics; ramped up marketing; and introduced a remodel that has spurred 28 percent sales increases.

Rohini Dey, owner of the Vermillion restaurants in Chicago and New York City, never thought her girlhood passion to save the world would land her in upscale dining. Now that she’s here, Dey is shocked that there are so few women leading the industry.

“If Gini represents the next generation of leadership, we are all in amazing and capable hands,” says Joni Doolin, CEO and founder of workforce-data firm TDN2K.

The departure of Charlie Keegan raises questions about Main Event's rapid-expansion strategy.

The chain has named a new CFO and chief development officer.

The outgoing Domino’s CEO doesn’t plan to retire, but says that all “conspiracy theories” about his plans are wrong.

The Bottom Line: The burrito chain has been trending toward normalization for some time now, and that's a good thing.

The new CEO aims to tap his marketing and operations background to get the chain’s sales and profits back up.

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