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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Tropical Smoothie Cafe makes changes in the c-suite

The chain has named a new CMO and CFO, and filled three other leadership positions.


Subway adds former Logan’s Roadhouse exec to leadership team

Len Van Popering will serve as Subway’s VP of global brand management and innovation.

Acquisitions have made KBP Foods one of the largest and fastest-growing franchises in the restaurant business. But the key to absorbing the expansion has been a notion that harkens back to the earliest days of KFC.

The chicken chain’s board named former CEO James “Randy” Kibler to the interim post.

The chain’s executives all received pay hikes after a strong 2017 for the fast-food burger chain.

Howie Mandel will be playing for laughs during a stand-up appearance Tuesday at the Restaurant Leadership Conference.

With no food experience beyond his own kitchen but plenty eating less-than-desirable meals on business trips, Saunders saw a niche to fill.

Panera Bread founder, Chairman and CEO Ron Shaich shared his one-cafe-at-a-time focus at Winsight’s Restaurant Leadership Conference.

The family-dining concept has promoted one executive and added another.

J.R. Galardi has assumed the role after spending over 15 years learning the family business.

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