Kathy E. Hollinger will leave the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) effective October 3 to lead the Greater Washington Partnership

Kathy E. Hollinger departs RAMW for Greater Washington Partnership CEO post

Hollinger led RAMW since 2012, representing DMV region’s restaurants, food companies that employ 100,000 workers

Kathy E. Hollinger will leave the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) effective October 3 to lead the Greater Washington Partnership, the latter noted in an announcement. Her appointment to the critical role of Partnership CEO signals the confidence of the Washington region’s business industry influencers in her ability to create positive change and shepherd resources and critical thinking to a worthy cause.

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Church’s Texas Chicken...named Joe Guith chief executive officer (CEO) effective August 1

Church’s Texas Chicken names Joe Guith chief executive officer

Ex-Focus Brands executive to ramp up growth of Church’s Texas Chicken, Texas Chicken

Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken named Joe Guith chief executive officer (CEO) effective August 1. Entering its next phase of growth, the chicken QSRs needed an experienced industry veteran with deep franchising expertise. Guith, seasoned in such experience, was the likely choice to accelerate the chains’ growth momentum.

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McDonald’s named Brian Rice executive vice president (EVP) and global chief information officer (CIO)

McDonald’s names Brian Rice EVP, global CIO

Former Cardinal Health, Kellogg executive joins QSR’s senior leadership team

McDonald’s named Brian Rice executive vice president (EVP) and global chief information officer (CIO). Rice will join the Global SLT (Senior Leadership Team) and report to Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s CEO.

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Caribou Coffee names Matthew Walls chief franchise officer

Franchise veteran of two decades to lead domestic, international franchising

Caribou Coffee named Matthew Walls chief franchise officer. He will be the first in the new role at the coffee-shop chain, part of Panera Brands. Walls will lead Caribou’s franchise businesses on the domestic and international fronts, as well as join the executive leadership team.

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Brinker International named George Felix CMO of Chili’s Grill + Bar

Brinker names George Felix Chili’s CMO

Former Tinder CMO also worked at P&G, Yum Brands

Brinker International named George Felix chief marketing officer, Chili’s Grill + Bar. In his new role, Brinker indicated Felix would provide the oversight, leadership and vision for all marketing programs and initiatives of the 1,600-unit casual-dining chain. The new Chili’s CMO will assume his new role July 21.

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Jill McDonald will return to McDonald’s as EVP and president International Operated Market (IOM)

Jill McDonald returns to McDonald’s as EVP, president, International Operated Markets

QSR will expand Joe Sempels’ role, adding the China market to his responsibilities

Jill McDonald will return to McDonald’s as EVP and president International Operated Market (IOM).The announcement from Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s chief, was shared in a letter to employees of the burger giant. In addition, Jo Sempels will continue to lead the McDonald’s International Developmental Licensed Markets (IDLM) as senior vice president and president, IDL.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) named Tarun Lal president of its US division

KFC US names Tarun Lal president

25-year-veteran to replace Kevin Hochman

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) named Tarun Lal president of its US division. The appointment becomes effective July 15, 2022. Lal will exit his current role of managing director of the KFC Middle East, Pakistan, Turkey, Africa, and India markets.

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Curry Up Now named Abhijit Kamath director of culinary & flavor

Curry Up Now names Abhijit Kamath director of culinary & flavor

CIA graduate will ramp up innovation at Indian fast casual, expand non-traditional partnerships

Curry Up Now named Abhijit Kamath director of culinary & flavor. Kamath will create new, authentic dishes that align with the brand’s existing offerings, the Indian restaurant chain said. Curry Up Now further revealed its new director is one of the youngest culinary directors in the United States for a fast-casual franchise chain.

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Zaxby’s named Patrick Schwing chief marketing and strategy officer

Zaxby’s names Patrick Schwing chief marketing and strategy officer

New Zaxby’s marketing chief to bring ‘consumer-inspired innovation, empower teams to be ‘bold, creative, agile’

Zaxby’s named Patrick Schwing chief marketing and strategy officer. Schwing, charged with overseeing the Zaxby’s brand experience, comes from Inspire Brands, where he was most recently serving as chief marketing officer for Arby’s. In addition, he held the role of president of the Franchise Association.

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