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Amazon Announces Plans to Hire Over 7,500 Employees in Several Cities and Towns Across Arizona

Amazon continues to provide opportunities for full-time and part-time jobs in logistics as it expands its footprint to better serve in communities where they live. Today the company announced that it is providing an additional 7,500 local employment opportunities throughout Arizona on top of the 40,000 corporate and technology jobs recently announced. The roles in fulfillment and transportation offer an average starting wage of more than $18 per hour—and up to $22.50 per hour in some locations...

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Sep 16 8:35 AM, General News

Former Red Robin CEO Denny Marie Post Joins Nextbite as Advisor

Nextbite, a leader in virtual restaurants, today announced that Denny Marie Post, a 35-year restaurant industry expert and former CEO of Red Robin, has joined the fast-growing company as Advisor. Post will guide Nextbite’s success through disciplined idea pipelines and strategies based on consumer demand to drive sales and increase brand recognition. As the company continues to expand, it will tap Post’s deep expertise in identifying solutions and creating successful brands for enterprise restaurants.

As Nextbite continues its strong growth trajectory, Post will advise on strategies to...

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Sep 2 8:44 AM, General News

IHOP Bolsters Executive Leadership Team With Two New Hires

IHOP® restaurants announced new additions to its executive team, hiring Jacob Barden as Vice President of Development, and Michael Kaufman as Vice President of Strategy and Business Analytics, effective August 2021. Both Barden and Kaufman will report directly to Jay Johns, President.

“Both Jacob and Michael have proven track records of success and a wealth of category knowledge, and we’re thrilled to welcome them both to the team,” said Johns. “With new innovative endeavors, a strong development strategy and the expansion of our menu beyond breakfast, we are bringing..."

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Sep 1 8:56 AM, General News

Starbucks Promotes Leo Tsoi to CEO of Starbucks China

Starbucks Coffee Company announced the promotion of Leo Tsoi to chief executive officer of Starbucks China. Serving as Starbucks China’s chief operating officer and president of Starbucks Retail for the last five years, Tsoi has led efforts to grow Starbucks footprint across the Chinese mainland to 5,200 stores across more than 200 cities today. He has engineered the development of a robust and diversified store portfolio by pioneering new store concepts, which have influenced new coffee-inspired lifestyles and further elevated third place experiences for Starbucks customers in China.

As one of the leading architects behind Starbucks China’s phenomenal growth since he rejoined the company in 2012, Tsoi previously served in various leadership positions, including...

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Aug 30 8:33 AM, General News

Yum! Brands Appoints Pizza Hut Division CEO to Drive Global Brand Strategies and Growth

Yum! Brands, Inc. announced that Aaron Powell, 50, former President of Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Asia-Pacific Consumer Business, will join the Company as global Pizza Hut Division Chief Executive Officer, reporting to Yum! Chief Executive Officer David Gibbs, effective September 20. In this role, Powell will assume global responsibility for driving Pizza Hut Division’s growth strategies, franchise operations and performance. Today’s announcement concludes Yum! Brands’ search for Pizza Hut Division’s top leadership post.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Aaron to the Yum! Brands and Pizza Hut family and believe this global brand division leadership structure will enable the Pizza Hut U.S. and international teams to further implement best practices worldwide and continue...

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Aug 27 8:38 AM, General News

McDonald's Announces Leadership Changes 

Our most valuable asset at McDonald’s is our people. We take great pride in our ability to use our scale and global presence to create life-long career opportunities that serve to strengthen our McFamily. From promoting top talent from within to recruiting experienced new leaders, our focus will remain on building out the best talent pipeline in the business, so that we can continue Accelerating the Arches in an increasingly competitive market environment.

Equally important is pushing our Brand forward while we keep the customer at the center of everything we do. This facilitated the creation of Manu’s new team but has also encouraged us to...

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Aug 26 8:26 AM, General News

Tom Curtis Appointed President of Burger King U.S. & Canada

José Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, today announced that industry veteran Tom Curtis has been appointed President of Burger King U.S. & Canada.

“Tom joined us a few months ago and has quickly established a strong leadership position in the business and trust with our franchisees, informed by his 35 years of previous restaurant experience as both a franchisee and senior operations executive,” said José Cil. “Tom will lead the acceleration of our business to deliver on our vision that Burger King should always be our guests’ first choice for a..."

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Aug 24 8:47 AM, General News

SpartanNash Promotes Tyler King to VP, Finance

Grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash today announced Tyler King has been promoted from Senior Director to Vice President, Finance and Finance Business Partner for the Company’s retail business segment.

In his new role, King will serve as an advisor for the retail business segment, led by Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Retail Tom Swanson. King will provide strategic insights to support SpartanNash’s 148 retail stores in attaining financial goals and company objectives. King will report to EVP and Chief Financial Officer Jason Monaco.

“Tyler’s experience in delivering strong company financials has..."

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Aug 23 10:08 AM, General News

QDOBA Mexican Eats Promotes Eric Williams to Chief Operating Officer

QDOBA announced the promotion of Eric Williams, a seasoned foodservice industry executive with more than 30 years of experience, to chief operating officer. Previously, Williams served as vice president of franchise & license operations, and in his new role will oversee more than 740 QDOBA locations across the U.S. and Canada and support QDOBA franchise owners, ultimately ensuring the company's continued overall success.

"Since joining QDOBA, Eric has proven to be an exceptional leader capable of taking on additional responsibility," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "He has provided valuable insight to...

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Aug 19 8:28 AM, General News

Wingstop Announces New Growth and Technology Structure, Appoints Digital Marketing Lead

Wingstop, the leading digitally-savvy, tech-focused restaurant brand with more than 1,600 locations worldwide, today announced Stacy Peterson will now serve as EVP, Chief Digital and Technology Officer and the promotion of Marisa Carona to SVP, Chief Growth Officer and Stevie Benjamin to SVP of Digital Marketing.

These changes support the significant investments Wingstop is making to drive one-to-one interactions with the more than 25 million guests in its first-party data platform and, with nearly 65% digital sales, support the brand's drive to achieve its...

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Aug 18 8:35 AM, General News

Wegmans Announces Promotion of Nicole Wegman to President of Wegmans Brand

Wegmans announced Nicole Wegman, Senior Vice President of Wegmans Brand, has been promoted to the new role of President of Wegmans Brand.

“Our mission is to help people live healthier better lives through exceptional food,” said Danny Wegman, chairman. “The innovation we’re able to bring to life through our trusted brand enables us to deliver on that mission. Nicole is leading this effort across our company to ensure we only bring the very best to our customers.”

Nicole joined Wegmans in 1989 and has served as Senior Vice President since 2017...

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Aug 17 3:54 PM, General News

Church's Chicken Announces Two New Vice Presidents, Claudia Lezcano and Sarah Whiticar

Church's Chicken recently appointed two new Vice Presidents, as the global chicken restaurant brand continues to focus on optimizing business growth. The Atlanta-based company welcomed Claudia Lezcano as Vice President, Brand Strategy & Activation, and promoted Sarah Whiticar to Vice President, Global Business Intelligence & Product Development. Both will report to Brian Gies, EVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer.

"We're pleased to strengthen and elevate our leadership team with Claudia and Sarah. As we continue our progress in fulfilling our 5-Year Strategic Plan, they will play..."

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Aug 13 8:10 AM, General News

Hard Rock International Appoints Kimberly Manna as New Senior Vice President of Retail and Licensing

Hard Rock, one of the world's most recognizable and iconic brands, announces the appointment of Kimberly Manna as Senior Vice President of Retail and Licensing. In her new role, Manna will draw on more than three decades of experience in the retail industry, including work with companies such as Panama Jack, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers, to drive brand exposure and customer reach through engaging partnerships and various licensing opportunities. Manna will report directly to Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International...

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Aug 12 8:32 AM, General News

Sharon McCollam Returns to Retail as Albertsons Companies New President and Chief Financial Officer

Albertsons Companies today announced that Sharon McCollam will join the Company on September 7, 2021, as its President and Chief Financial Officer reporting to Vivek Sankaran, Albertsons Cos. Chief Executive Officer. McCollam will succeed Bob Dimond, who will be retiring and will remain with the Company as an advisor through February 2022 to ensure a seamless transition.

McCollam, 59, retired from Best Buy in 2016 where she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Chief Financial Officer. She is broadly recognized as the...

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Aug 11 8:29 AM, General News

Impossible Foods Appoints New Chief People Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Impossible Foods announced two additions to its leadership team as it prepares for rapid growth. The company has appointed exceptional new talent in both human resources and finance.

Veteran HR executive Leilani Gayles is joining Impossible Foods as Chief People Officer and will oversee people operations, including talent acquisition, compensation and rewards, talent and leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion, and strategic people initiatives to support the company’s commitment to creating the best work experience for all.

Impossible Foods’ finance leader and interim CFO, David Borecky, has been promoted to...

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Aug 10 8:25 AM, General News

Instacart Announces Consumer Technology Veteran Carolyn Everson is Joining the Company as President

Instacart announced it has appointed Carolyn Everson as President, effective September 7, 2021. Everson brings with her a 30-year proven track record of leading at-scale, global consumer technology teams with a focus on growing global partnerships, industry-leading business development and pioneering advertising platforms. As President, Everson will oversee Instacart's Retail, Business Development and Advertising businesses, as well as the company's People, Policy & Government Affairs, Legal, Partnerships, Instacart Pickup and Care teams. Everson will report directly to Instacart's Chief Executive Officer Fidji Simo. Everson will succeed current President Nilam Ganenthiran, who has been appointed to a new senior leadership position - Strategic Advisor to the CEO - also reporting directly to Simo.

"I've had the privilege of working with Carolyn for a decade and know just how lucky we are to have her leadership and talent at Instacart. Carolyn's an industry legend, best known for...

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Aug 6 8:19 AM, General News

Kroger Elects Elaine Chao to Board of Directors

Kroger announced that Elaine Chao has been elected to the company's board of directors.

"We are pleased to welcome Elaine to Kroger," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "She's an experienced national and global leader who brings to Kroger's board deep knowledge of corporate governance, strategic and workforce management, and public-private partnerships as well as extensive experience at the highest levels of...

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Aug 5 8:25 AM, General News

UNFI Announces Appointments of Sandy Douglas and Jack Stahl 

United Natural Foods announced the appointment of J. Alexander (Sandy) Miller Douglas to the role of Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors effective August 9, 2021. Mr. Douglas is a proven, customer-focused, strategic leader who brings a broad background and expertise in distribution, sales, marketing, and e-commerce as the Company’s new CEO. Mr. Douglas was selected after an extensive search to replace Mr. Steven Spinner, who earlier announced his retirement as CEO and who will concurrently retire from the Board, both effective August 9, 2021. Mr. Spinner will continue to provide Management and Board advisory services to UNFI through a transition period for up to one year after his retirement.

Mr. Douglas most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Staples, Inc., leading the North American business-to-business distribution platform’s strategic transformation and guiding the Company throughout...

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Jul 30 8:36 AM, General News

McDonald’s Creates Customer Experience Team; Names Manu Steijaert Global Chief Customer Officer

McDonald's Corporation announced the creation of a new Customer Experience team to transform the way customers engage with the McDonald’s Brand. This team brings together the Company’s Data Analytics, Digital Customer Engagement, Global Marketing, Global Restaurant Development and Restaurant Solutions, enabling McDonald’s to create an unparalleled customer experience at each physical and digital customer touchpoint.

To lead the new team, McDonald’s has promoted Manu Steijaert to the newly created role of Executive Vice President and Global Chief Customer Officer, effective August 1. Steijaert will report to...

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Jul 27 10:36 AM, General News

Kroger Names New Head of Investor Relations

Kroger announced Rob Quast has been promoted to Head of Investor Relations.

"Rob is a seasoned financial professional and respected leader within Kroger," said Gary Millerchip, Kroger's chief financial officer. "Rob's experience will be invaluable as we continue to share our strategy for delivering strong and sustainable total shareholder returns with our investment community."

Quast joined Kroger in 2013 as a financial manager in the corporate accounting department. In 2017, he was promoted to director of insurance and claims where he was...

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Jul 20 10:44 AM, General News

Kroger Announces Leadership Changes

The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Steve McKinney, senior vice president of retail divisions, after more than 40 years of distinguished service, effective August 7. McKinney will be succeeded by Valerie Jabbar, currently group vice president of center store merchandising.

Steve McKinney, Senior Vice President, Announces Retirement

McKinney began his career with Kroger in 1981 as a clerk for Florida Choice Supermarkets, a former Kroger banner. While there, he advanced to store manager, buyer and...

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Jul 15 8:20 AM, General News

Smithfield Foods Names Shane Smith President and Chief Executive Officer, Succeeding Dennis Organ

Smithfield Foods announced it has appointed Shane Smith, a two-decade veteran of the company and, most recently, its chief strategy officer, as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Smith will succeed Dennis Organ, who is stepping down for personal reasons.

Prior to becoming chief strategy officer, Mr. Smith served as executive vice president of Smithfield's European operations. In this capacity, he spent much of the last decade in Europe, overseeing the company's...

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Jul 12 8:31 AM, General News

US Foods Announces New Chief Information and Digital Officer

US Foods Holding Corp. announced that John Tonnison will join the company as Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer, effective July 12, 2021. Tonnison will oversee the company’s technology vision and strategy and all information technology functions, including digital, cyber security, applications and infrastructure. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano.

“JT joins the executive team with more than 30 years of extensive experience leveraging technology to foster innovation, improve operational efficiencies and deliver exceptional service to customers,” said Pietro Satriano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Foods. “He will be instrumental in driving...

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Jul 8 8:24 AM, General News

Kathy Krenger to Join Kraft Heinz as Chief Communications Officer; Michael Mullen to Retire

The Kraft Heinz Company announced that Kathy Krenger is joining the company as its new Chief Communications Officer. Currently Senior Vice President, Global Communications, for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, she will begin her new role on July 21, reporting directly to CEO Miguel Patricio. Michael Mullen, Head of Global Communications and Corporate Affairs at Kraft Heinz, has decided to retire after 23 distinguished years with the company, effective Aug. 15.

Krenger brings more than 25 years of corporate and agency experience as a Communications leader to her new role. At Hyatt, she led corporate, internal, brand and field communications for the company and more than 1,000 hotels worldwide. During her years at Edelman, she supported clients across travel and tourism, consumer packaged goods, and...

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Jun 23 8:26 AM, General News

Bloomin’ Brands Promotes Mark Graff to Executive Leadership Team

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. announced the promotion of Mark Graff to Senior Vice President of Business Development and Financial Planning for Bloomin’ Brands. Graff will lead the company’s business development team, including asset and franchise development, in addition to his existing financial planning responsibilities. He will also join the Executive Leadership Team.

Graff has held various finance and investor relations roles with Bloomin’ Brands during...

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Jun 22 10:04 AM, General News

Dunkin' Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer 

Dunkin’ announced the appointment of marketing veteran Rafael Acevedo, 46, to the position of Dunkin’ U.S. Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective immediately. Mr. Acevedo is a brand marketing leader with deep expertise in spearheading disruptive innovation and leading high-performing teams to deliver transformational growth for the world’s leading beverages. Acevedo will report directly to Scott Murphy, Head of the Inspire Beverage-Snack Category and President of Dunkin', and will serve on the Dunkin’ leadership team.

As Dunkin’ U.S. CMO, Acevedo will lead marketing, product innovation, field marketing, advertising, as well as the brand’s digital marketing initiatives. He will be responsible for...

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Jun 22 10:00 AM, General News

Ruby Tuesday Appoints George Evans and Kathy Buckley to Executive Team

Ruby Tuesday is welcoming two new members to the executive team with the promotion of George Evans to chief operating officer and the appointment of Kathy Buckley as chief financial officer. With a combined 55 years of retail and restaurant experience, Evans and Buckley will serve as instrumental leaders on the Ruby Tuesday team.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of George and Kathy to the Ruby Tuesday team,” said Shawn Lederman, chief executive officer for Ruby Tuesday. “They both have tremendous experience in the restaurant industry and will be...

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Jun 22 8:24 AM, General News

RAVE Restaurant Group Names Clint Fendley CFO

RAVE Restaurant Group, the parent Company of Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza, announced the promotion of RAVE's Vice President of Finance, Clint Fendley, to chief financial officer, effective July 5, 2021.

Fendley was hired in January 2020 as RAVE Restaurant Group's Vice President of Finance. During this time, Fendley led the finance team and helped guide the Company during the pandemic, with a focus on cost control and cash management. Fendley also led RAVE Restaurant Group's successful efforts to regain compliance with...

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Jun 21 8:27 AM, General News

Starbucks Announces Leadership Promotions 

Starbucks Corporation announced several leadership appointments to advance the company's strategic business goals and position Starbucks on a clear growth path for the future. The company announced the promotions of John Culver as group president, North America and chief operating officer, Michael Conway to group president, International and Channel Development, and Michelle Burns to executive vice president, Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. These changes are effective as of June 28, 2021.

“As we plan for the 2022 fiscal year and beyond, Starbucks is fortunate to have a deep, talented and diverse team of senior executives we are able to tap to help lead us forward,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “These appointments support our Growth at Scale agenda to bring about...

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Jun 18 8:29 AM, General News

Livekindly Collective Appoints Malik Sadiq as Chief Operating Officer

Livekindly Collective, a collection of heritage and scale-up brands on track to become one of the world’s largest plant-based food companies, today announced the appointment of Malik Sadiq as Chief Operating Officer.

He joins Livekindly Collective from Tyson Foods, the world's second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, where he held several leadership roles since 2006. His tenure spanned across international operations, corporate strategy and business development and included the Chief Operating Officer role for China and the Chief Executive Officer role for India. Sadiq most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing and Business Optimization, driving the growth strategy for the international business. At Livekindly Collective, he will oversee...

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Jun 18 8:28 AM, General News

Inspire Brands Names Kate Jaspon Chief Financial Officer

Inspire Brands announced changes within the Chief Financial Officer role. Kate Jaspon has been named Chief Financial Officer of Inspire following the announced retirement of David Pipes. Jaspon was previously CFO of recently acquired Dunkin’ Brands where she spent more than 15 years in Finance and Treasury roles.

Jaspon will transition into her new role this month and will oversee all accounting and reporting, tax, financial planning and analysis, internal audit, as well as manage Inspire’s relationships with lending institutions, investors, and the financial community.

“Working with Kate while Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins were joining the Inspire family, it became clear that she was...

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Jun 17 10:19 AM, General News

Albertsons Companies Names Jennifer Saenz EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer

Albertsons Companies announced that Jennifer Saenz will join the Company as EVP, Chief Merchandising Officer effective July 12th, 2021. Saenz will be responsible for all areas of merchandising within the Company, including Own Brands. Saenz will also be responsible for further strengthening the Company’s relationships with its brand partners. She will join the Company’s senior leadership team and report to Vivek Sankaran, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We’re excited to welcome Jennifer to the Albertsons team,” said Sankaran. “A commitment to serving our customers with a broad and differentiated assortment of products is a key aspect of our transformation strategy. Jennifer’s extensive global industry experience and proven track record of driving growth through...

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Jun 17 8:25 AM, General News

Starbucks Announces Leadership Promotions

Starbucks Corporation announced several leadership appointments to advance the company’s strategic business goals and position Starbucks on a clear growth path for the future. The company announced the promotions of John Culver as group president, North America and chief operating officer, Michael Conway to group president, International and Channel Development, and Michelle Burns to executive vice president, Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa. These changes are effective as of June 28, 2021.

“As we plan for the 2022 fiscal year and beyond, Starbucks is fortunate to have a deep, talented and diverse team of senior executives we are able to tap to help lead us forward,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “These appointments support...

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Jun 16 8:47 AM, General News

Alpha Foods Announces First Chief Marketing Officer Kierstin De West

Alpha Foods (Alpha), a leader in the growing plant-based protein category, announces the hiring of its first Chief Marketing Officer, Kierstin De West. Bringing unmatched experience from her past role as VP of Global Brand Management at lululemon, De West will lead Alpha through upcoming stages of rapid scale and overall expansion. In the past three years, Alpha has burst onto the scene, recording 100 percent year-over-year growth. By the end of 2021, Alpha will be available in over 10,000 retail locations.

"What drew me to Alpha was the company's mission to build a better world, which is the same north star that has guided my career for the past twenty years," said Kierstin De West, Chief Marketing Officer at Alpha. "I've always been clear in my aspiration to align with...

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Jun 16 8:31 AM, General News

CKE Restaurants Adds Global Development Capability, Accelerates Growth Trajectory

CKE Restaurants Holdings, parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, announced the appointment of Matthew Walls as the company’s first Chief Global Development Officer. In this new role, Walls will be responsible for creating a Global Development Center of Excellence to increase the footprint of both brands domestically and internationally.

“Walls, as he is known in our industry, is experienced in delivering progressive business development strategies, innovative designs and solid partnerships with franchisees,” said Chief Executive Officer Ned Lyerly. “His global experience, strategic mindset and track record for...

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Jun 10 10:28 AM, Urner Barry

Shake Shack Appoints Katherine Fogertey as Chief Financial Officer

Shake Shack announced that Katherine Fogertey has been appointed to serve as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective June 14, 2021. Katie joins Shake Shack’s executive leadership team and will be responsible for leading financial operations across the Company, including accounting and control, financial planning and analysis, operations finance, investor relations and external reporting.

Katie brings to Shake Shack more than 15 years of financial and investment experience, including equity and derivatives research, financial modeling and forecasting, and a deep understanding and focus on the restaurant industry.

Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack, stated, "I am excited to welcome Katie to the Shake Shack leadership team as...

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Jun 10 10:25 AM, General News

USDA Announces Key Staff Appointments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C.

Sanah Baig was named Chief of Staff for Research, Education, and Economics. Baig most recently served as Chief of Staff at the Good Food Institute, a global non-profit, and also served as program director at the National Association of Counties. During the Obama-Biden Administration, she served for nearly six years in a variety of capacities at USDA including serving as an advisor in the Office of the Secretary, special advisor in Rural Development, and...

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Jun 9 8:21 AM, General News

QDOBA Mexican Eats Appoints Jim Sullivan to Chief Development Officer

QDOBA announced the appointment of Jim Sullivan, a seasoned restaurant industry executive with more than 25 years of experience in real estate, franchise development, and site acquisition management, to chief development officer. In his new role, Sullivan will lead all restaurant development activities, including market planning, site selection, real estate negotiations, franchise sales and more to support the company's aggressive growth plan.

"Jim brings a unique perspective and strong leadership approach, backed by a proven track record of successfully accelerating franchise growth for some of the nation's leading restaurant concepts," said Keith Guilbault, CEO of QDOBA. "His expertise and years of experience in growing brands similar to...

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Jun 8 8:34 AM, General News

Neil Dierks Announces Plans to Retire from NPPC 

After 31 years of distinguished service with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), including the last 20 as CEO, Neil Dierks has announced his plan to retire from NPPC by the end of the year. The NPPC Board of Directors has initiated a search for a new CEO. Dierks will remain in his role as CEO until the search process is completed and will serve as a strategic counselor during a transition period.

“Over the last 40 years, Neil has made countless, lasting contributions to the U.S. pork industry and established NPPC as a leading national advocacy organization and the global voice of the U.S. pork industry,” said Jen Sorenson, NPPC president and communications director with...

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Jun 8 8:33 AM, General News

Beyond Meat Announces New Executive Leadership Appointments 

Beyond Meat announced the appointments of Phil Hardin as Chief Financial Officer, Deanna Jurgens as Chief Growth Officer and Margaret “Jackie” Trask as Chief People Officer. These seasoned veterans bring extensive experience to the Beyond Meat executive leadership team to support the company's continued growth and innovation-focused culture.

“We are excited to welcome Phil, Deanna and Jackie to the Beyond Meat executive leadership team,” said Ethan Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Beyond Meat. “In each case, we conducted extensive searches to identify best-in-class talent and I could not be more pleased with the outcome. Whether Deanna's highly successful customer-focused leadership at PepsiCo, Jackie's impressive track record of building teams and...

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Jun 7 8:27 AM, General News

Aramark Names Debbie Albert Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Debbie Albert has been named Aramark’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, reporting to John Zillmer, Aramark CEO. In this role, Albert will lead the Corporate Communications function, delivering integrated communications programs to diverse audiences including clients, employees, and media, while supporting the executive team, business units and functional areas with communications counsel.“Debbie’s strategic thinking, work ethic, and understanding of our business will be a tremendous asset to the company, especially as we emerge from the pandemic and focus on growth,” said Zillmer. “As a former leader at Aramark, Debbie is well-known across the company and now brings...

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Jun 4 8:25 AM, General News

Tyson Foods Announces Donnie King to Succeed Dean Banks as President and CEO

Tyson Foods announced that Chief Operating Officer Donnie King has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Current President and CEO Dean Banks is leaving the company and board for personal reasons.

“The board and I know that Donnie has a deep understanding of our business, values and culture and the solid leadership skills needed to continue to implement our strategy and deliver strong results,” said John H. Tyson, chairman of the board. “We want to express our appreciation to Dean for his contributions as...

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Jun 2 8:43 AM, General News

SpartanNash Appoints Douglas Hacker as Chairman

SpartanNash Company announced the appointment of Douglas Hacker as Chairman on its Board of Directors. The announcement follows SpartanNash’s appointments of three new executive officers, six vice presidents and 11 directors in 2021, as well as the addition of Tony Sarsam as President and CEO in September 2020.

“This is an exciting, transformational phase for SpartanNash as the Company has recently welcomed several new leaders and launched key initiatives for growth and operational excellence,” said Hacker. “I am privileged to continue...

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Jun 2 8:22 AM, General News

Bojangles Expands Executive Team with Two Tenured Development Leaders

Bojangles announced today that Byron Chandler, an experienced QSR industry real estate executive, has been named chief development officer for the restaurant chain best known for its chicken, biscuits and Legendary Iced Tea®. In this new role, he will be responsible for leading Bojangles’ real estate, construction and design teams and implementing the company’s strategic plans to build its real estate portfolio for future growth. Chandler will begin on June 7.

“With recent strategic growth announcements, it’s clear that demand for the Bojangles brand is growing,” said Jose Armario, CEO of Bojangles. “Byron’s proven track record of leadership in restaurant development will...

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May 26 8:25 AM, General News

Church's Chicken Announces Promotion Of Russ Sumrall To SVP, International Strategic Development

Church's Chicken®, the global quick-service restaurant chain and its international sister brands Texas Chicken™ and Church's Texas Chicken™, recently announced the promotion of QSR industry expert Russ Sumrall to SVP, International Strategic Development. The promotion is part of Church's aggressive development plans to double their presence across APAC, EMEA, and the Americas, with strengthened operations and an exciting new image.

In his previous role as VP, International Development & Franchisee Profitability, Russ Sumrall negotiated deals to launch Texas Chicken into seven countries in East Africa, Cambodia, and Qatar. In addition, he executed numerous new development agreements in Canada, growing Church's Texas Chicken restaurants across many...

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May 25 8:32 AM, General News

Jack in the Box Names New Vice President of Investor Relations

Jack in the Box Inc. continues the strategic transformation of its leadership team with the addition of 14-year franchise restaurant industry veteran Chris Brandon, IRC, as vice president of investor relations, effective June 7, 2021.

Brandon joins Jack in the Box from Domino’s Pizza, where he served in a variety of communication roles over the past 14 years, including most recently as director of investor relations. His past roles at Domino’s included responsibility for legislative affairs as well as media and public relations and franchisee events. Previously, Brandon held various sales and marketing positions with NASCAR between 2003 and 2007.

“Chris has proven his ability to build trusting relationships with key members of the investment community and brings deep knowledge of the franchise restaurant industry, with...

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May 24 8:22 AM, General News

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