April 20, 2011
Charley’s Grilled Subs Finds Mr. Wright for COO Post
A cheesesteak franchise on an aggressive growth curve, Charley’s Grilled Subs beefed up its management team by hiring first-ever COO Bob Wright, who previously served as a vice president of Checker’s Drive-In Restaurants and Wendy’s International.
Chain Operating Report for April 20
Arby’s, Jamba Juice, Red Robin, Shane’s Rib Shack and Yum! Brands all made operational news this past week.
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Huddle House Names Keymer CEO
Restaurant industry veteran Ken Keymer sheds the interim tag to assume Huddle House CEO post on a full-time basis. Keymer was tapped to be the interim CEO in Sept. 2010.
Pair of Canadian Dealers Merge
Hendrix Hotel & Restaurant Equipment & Supplies Ltd and Longo Food Service Equipment Inc. have merged, according to multiple published reports, including an article in FEDA First Thing.
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Thompson Leaves Papa John’s
J. Jude Thompson has resigned his post as president, co-chief executive officer and member of the board of directors for Papa John’s International, Inc. With Thompson’s departure, John Schnatter, company’s founder, chairman and chief executive officer, will assume sole responsibility for the chief executive officer role, while also continuing to serve as chairman of the board.
Babila Joins Carpigiani
Carpigiani USA named foodservice industry veteran John Babila its executive vice president of sales and marketing. Babila comes to Carpigiani from ISA, where he served in a similar capacity.
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NRA Names 2011 Good Neighbor Award Winners
Restaurant companies and operators from Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington are honored by the NRA for their excellence in community service.
NSF Presents Food Safety Leadership Awards
NSF International named the winners of its 2011 NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards. This year, five individuals or organizations were recognized for their contributions to food safety. Additionally, three people were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
WFF Names Executive Committee and Board of Directors
The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) announced its 2011-2012 Executive Committee and Board of Directors. These individuals were sworn in during the WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference.