Taco Bell Announces Brian Niccol as New CEO Effective January 1, 2015

Irvine, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Taco Bell Corp., a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), announced today that Brian Niccol will be promoted to chief executive officer on January 1, 2015. Niccol, 40, who currently serves as president, Taco Bell U.S., will…
Greg Lippert Named Quaker Steak & Lube Chief Executive Officer

Award-Winning Franchise Adds Former Mazzio’s LLC CEO to Leadership Team Sharon, PA  (RestaurantNews.com)  The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 signature sauces, announced today that it has appointed Greg…
Phil Friedman Takes the Reins at Salsarita’s

Franchising Legend Steps into Active Role to Launch Big Plans for Salsarita’s Growth Charlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  After acquiring the company in 2011, franchising legend and turnaround artist Phil Friedman is stepping forward into a new, highly active role as chief…

Bojangles’ Executive Moves Strengthen Brand for Continued Growth Charlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. today announced the company’s board of directors has appointed Clifton Rutledge as Chief Executive Officer effective January 24. Rutledge joins Bojangles’ from Texas-based hamburger chain Whataburger,…
Bojangles’ President and CEO Randy Kibler To Retire

Board of Directors-Led Search Begins for Successor to Continue Company’s Impressive Run of Expansion and Sales Growth Charlotte, NC  (RestaurantNews.com)  Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. today announced that Randy Kibler plans to retire from his role as president and chief executive officer…
Rosa Mexicano Names Tom Dillon As President & CEO

Company taps industry veteran to lead next phase of strategic development and growth New York, NY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Rosa Mexicano announced today that Tom Dillon has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of the premium Mexican restaurant group.  Starting in…
Papa John’s Announces Senior Management Promotion

Tony Thompson promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John Schnatter Louisville, KY  (RestaurantNews.com)  Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced the promotion of Tony Thompson to President and Chief Operating…

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. has hired Timothy Taft as Chief Executive Officer of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. effective August 15, 2011. Fiesta Restaurant Group, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Carrols Restaurant Group, owns and operates the Taco Cabana and Pollo…

The Huddle House Board of Directors have voted to name restaurant industry veteran Ken Keymer as CEO of the 400-unit full-service dining chain. Keymer, a long-time Huddle House board member, assumed the role of interim-CEO in September 2010. While serving…

EPL Intermediate, Inc. (“El Pollo Loco” or the “Company”), parent company of El Pollo Loco, Inc., announced today the promotion of Steve Sather to President and CEO of El Pollo Loco, Inc. and the appointment of Samuel N. Borgese to…

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen, the second largest quick service seafood chain in the United States, today announced that it has appointed Philip M. Greifeld as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 13.  Greifeld succeeds David Head, who left the company to…

As Friendly’s Ice Cream Corp. marks its 75th year, new CEO Harsha Agadi has an ambitious goal for the Wilbraham chain that generates $725 million in annual sales. “My immediate vision is to get this brand across $1 billion,” the…

Huddle House, an Atlanta-based 400-plus-unit family diner chain, has announced the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Phil Greifeld. Greifeld joined Huddle House in 1995 and spent nearly 12 years leading the Huddle House brand as its CEO. Greifeld stepped down…

Harsha V. Agadi has been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, effective immediately. With 24 years of foodservice industry experience, Agadi is known for his success with Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken, where during his five years…

El Pollo Loco, Inc., announced today that Steve Carley, President and CEO of El Pollo Loco, Inc., has tendered his resignation effective as of September 12, 2010 from all of his positions with the Company and of El Pollo Loco,…

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has announced that Stephen E. Carley will be appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective September 13, 2010 or such earlier date as may be agreed upon by the Company and Mr. Carley, implementing the planned succession of…

As CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, Nigel Travis oversees Dunkin’ Donuts, the coffee and bakery chain, and Baskin-Robbins, the ice-cream seller. A retail veteran, Mr Travis took the helm of the Canton, Massachusetts-based company in 2009. Based in Canton, he travels…

This Thursday evening, UK Channel 4 viewers will see the world’s most famous fish and chip shop chain, Harry Ramsden’s, get the “Undercover Boss” treatment as new CEO, Marija Simovic changes her name and dons an elaborate disguise to discover…

Souper Salad, Inc., parent company of Souper Salad and Grandy’s restaurants, has named Ward Olgreen as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment of Olgreen follows the retirement of former CEO Tim Taft. “We thank Tim for his…

O’Charley’s Inc. today announced that Jeffrey D. Warne has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Commencing today, Philip J. Hickey, the Company’s Chairman of the Board, will serve as…