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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


For PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Adaptability is Key to Business Success

Indra Nooyi came aboard PepsiCo in 1994 to steer the foodservice division, visiting front- and back-of-the house operations across America.


Get to know life services expert Laurie beth Jensen

With one foot in HR and the other in marketing, Jensen has the express job of making employees feel good about their positions at Zoës Kitchen, the Plano, Texas-based Mediterranean fast casual with more than 110 units

The size of his operations dwarfs all other franchises (and many restaurant parent companies, as well). Yet Flynn relishes his role as franchising’s poster boy—and he’s the best in the business at it.

Jim Lebs is the latest addition to the fast casual’s executive team.

The celebrity chef acknowledges that he has acted inappropriately.

Restaurant Brands International also named Matt Dunnigan CFO.

Matt Hood is leaving for another job, marking the second high-profile CMO resignation this week.

While being honored as Restaurant Leader of the Year, Shaich urged restaurateurs to fight short-sighted thinking and stay laser-focused on what their customers are seeking.

Saber, who joined Panera in 2003 after a 17-year run at McDonald’s as a franchisee and senior corporate leader, posed a question that ultimately led to Panera Cares, the company’s groundbreaking pay-what-you-can business model designed to “share the warmth” with those less fortunate.

Why LYFE Kitchen President and CEO Chance Carlisle? He’s juggling franchisor, franchisee and fatherhood.

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