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Operator News for the Week of May 22, 2023

Panera, Toppers Pizza, FAT Brands and Famous Toastery announce series of leadership changes.

José Alberto Dueñas will take over as CEO of Panera Brands starting July 1, 2023. At that time, current CEO Niren Chaudhary will take on the role of chairman. News of the leadership shift came at the same time the company announced it is preparing for its “eventual IPO.”

Company veteran Adam Oldenburg was promoted to CEO of Toppers Pizza. He replaces founder Scott Gittrich, who will now serve as chairman of the board for Toppers Pizza.

Multiconcept operator FAT Brands tapped Allison Lauenstein and David Pear to serve as brand presidents.

Better brunch franchise, Famous Toastery, hired Rob Sterioti to serve as vice president of operations for the 25-unit better brunch franchise.