Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Leadership lessons from the battlefield

Restaurateurs who view the business as a battlefield might’ve uttered an “amen” at the end of the presentation from retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who wound up this year’s conference with an analysis of leadership during wartime.


A one-on-one with Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick

Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick shared many insights on leadership, growth, making mistakes, leaving a legacy, and more at the Restaurant Leadership Conference on Wednesday.

If there’s one thing to be learned from interviewing top restaurateurs, it’s that leadership isn’t built on fortune cookie-style doctrines.

He'll be succeeded by Blaine Hurst, but will remain involved with the chain while simultaneously serving in a strategic role for owner JAB Holdings.

Papa John's, Chipotle, Panera, Buffalo Wild Wings among companies whose top executives left in 2017.

He's given credit for expanding product offerings and focusing on remodels.

The former bicycle company executive will replace Mark Hutchens, who had been named COO.

Industry veteran to “strengthen digital and social platforms.”

Restaurants are looking to a behemoth outside the industry as a prime source of inspiration.

Ken Calwell’s read on the challenges confront chains’ C-suites.

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