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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce dies

He helped turn the coffee and doughnut chain into a Canadian icon.


Wolfgang Puck’s Joe Essa named chairman of the National Restaurant Association

Geoff Hill of Roark Capital was tapped to head the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Each organization also announced its new slate of directors.

Adam Golomb, previously of the Giant Eagle grocery chain, will lead the casual-dining chain’s marketing strategy.

The moves come the same day the chicken-and-biscuit chain’s acquisition was finalized.

The company veteran and former CFO will assume operating leadership of the global KFC division.

Schultz announced he would run as a “centrist independent,” setting off widespread debate about what that might mean for the future of Starbucks and the country.

Darren Des Roches was named COO and Michael Sadowski was named CMO.

The appointment was one of several high-level executive changes intended to position the steakhouse operator for growth.

The company says it's on track to generate $1 billion in sales within five years.

The former fine-dining chef will implement the chain’s new Northwest Fresh menu.

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