Former Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks and Panera leader moves to Mod

Mod Pizza has named veteran restaurant leader and nine-year Mod advisory board member Paul Twohig to the new role of chief operating officer, a news release said. Former Mod Senior Vice President of Operations Chris Schultz moves to the role...

Popeyes leader moves to GPS Hospitality

Burger King and Popeyes franchisee firm, GPS Hospitality, has hired former Popeyes Financial Strategy and Analytics Vice President Chris Phillips as vice president of business development and strategic planning. A news release said that Phillips will work with GPS Hospitality...

Marco's introduces tuition perk for employees

Marco's has added an employee perk that substantially boosts its attractiveness to potential employees, according to a news release. The pizza chain is launching an employee tuition assistance plan offering up to $5,250 toward a degree from Bellevue University. All...

Former Dunkin', Starbucks, Yum exec named Papa Murphy's CEO

Weldon Spangler, a former leader with Dunkin' Brands, Starbucks and Yum, has been named CEO of Papa Murphy's, effective July 17, the company announced. Jean Birch, interim CEO, remains chair of the board of directors. Most recently, Spangler was Baskin-Robbins...

Cicis gets 'a li'l "crusty"' just in time for new CMO

Cicis is showing its customers a little summer love by featuring three stuffed crust pizzas to usher in the warmer days ahead, a news release said. Included in the trio is the return of that popular bacon-stuffed crust and a debut of its grilled cheese stuffed crust.

Papa John's tabs Wendy's Brandon Rhoten for global marketing

Papa John's has named Wendy's advertising and media leader Brandon Rhoten as its global chief marketing officer, reporting to President and COO Steve Richie. Rhoten most recently served as Wendy's advertising, media and digital/social vice president where he is credited...

Are you following these steps to find high-quality workers?

A veteran restaurant industry leader on why restaurant strategy today focuses on finding and keeping creative workers over and above just about everything else.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame chair takes seat at Yum Brands board

Former Sherwin-Williams Company Executive Chairman Christopher M. Connor is taking a seat at Yum Brands' Board of Directors' table, according to a news release.

Pieology taps former Smashburger, Panera exec as president

Pieology today announced that it's hired the now former top man at Smashburger, Michael J. Nolan,  as its president, a news release said.

Yum China names interim CFO

Yum China Holdings Inc. has appointed Jacky Lo as its interim CFO, effective June 1.

2 techs combine forces to reduce labor costs

7shifts and Toast are combining forces to create an integration that helps chains lower labor costs by streamlining employee clock-ins and schedule enforcement, according to a news release. Toast's POS system works with 7shifts' scheduling and employee management application to...

Exec behind 'Best Sports Commercial' of all time is new Marco's CMO

Marco's Pizza has named veteran marketing executive Steve Seyferth as its new CMO, according to a news release. Seyferth has a background that includes leading communication initiative’s for Domino’s, General Mills, Kraft, Coors, Gatorade and Ford. He also held the...

Dunkin' Brands names interim CFO, begins search for next financial leader

Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins parent company, Dunkin' Brands, said that its Vice President of finance and treasurer, Kate Jaspon, will step into the interim CFO's role in April when CFO Paul Carbone leaves the company for a position in the...

NRA to Congress: 'Press go on health act but fix it later'

National Restaurant Association Policy and Government Affairs EVP Cicely Simpson today told Speaker of the House and U.S. Rep.

Marco's attracts 2 industry franchise veterans for aggressive growth plan

Marco's Pizza has hired a couple industry vets to help grow its footprint. John Ramsay is now vice president of franchise development services, and Travis Edmonson has joined the team as vice president of franchise sales and development, according to a news release.

Yum boosts leave time for corporate moms who give birth

A major player in the quick-service and pizza industries, Yum Brands, is expanding its parental leave and other flexible work policies as part of a new initiative to put employees first, according to a news release. The new leave policy...

Marco's promotes EVP to COO

Marco's has promoted former Executive Vice President of Operations Tony Libardi to the position of COO for the chain. The move brings marketing, employee engagement, corporate and franchise operations, and learning and development under his oversight, according to a news release.   Marco's said Libardi strongly adheres to a service profit model.

Marco's names COO

Marco's Pizza has promoted its EVP of operations and former Burger King executive, Tony Libardi to chief operations officer, a news release said. In the new role, both marketing and employee engagement will now be under Libardi's direction.

Webinar: How Which Wich engages frontline employees

Technology trends are continually launching that have the power to drastically affect your business model as well as how you communicate with and engage employees. Assessing which tools and technologies are worth the investment isn't always an easy task, which...

Two more national chains make big hiring push

Earlier this week, it was Domino's in New York City announcing that it would hire 200 new people. Now, Pizza Hut has joined the effort, but this time for a much, much larger number — 11,000 positions open across the Yum Brand's system.

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