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Yoshinoya Japanese Kitchen introduced Jon Gilliam as the restaurant chain’s CEO.

Matt Stuhl was appointed vice president of operations for Sage Restaurant Concepts, a multiconcept operator owned by Sage Hospitality Group. In this role, Stuhl assumes responsibility for the overall operations of a selection of the company’s more than 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops across the U.S.

Electrolux Professional has entered into a partnership with Chef Andrea Zanin who will work with the foodservice equipment manufacturer to provide education and support for the company’s products.

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named Harborcreek Youth Services the winner of its 2021 Kitchen Storage Makeover contest. The facility offers both behavioral health services along with education on its campus staffed by Pennsylvania-certified teachers.

The National Restaurant Association added Brennan Duckett to its public affairs team as technology and innovation policy director. In this role, he will handle policy issues related to electronic payments systems, data security and privacy, gift and prepaid cards, intellectual property and trademark issues, music licensing, and ADA reform.

Alicia Bowen was named Western regional sales manager for Food Service Holdings, the parent company of BSIEnglish Manufacturing, and Colorado Custom Stone.

After a rough start to the year, sales of foodservice equipment and supplies seem poised for a big comeback, according to the latest data from the Manufacturers Agents’ Association for the Foodservice Industry.

Legendary quick-serve restaurant chain Jack in the Box hired Tony Darden to serve as senior vice president and chief operating officer, effective June 7, 2021. Darden joins Jack in the Box from MOOYAH Burgers Fries & Shakes, where he served as president for the past two years.

Eric Brownlee was appointed executive chef for The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, a restaurant inside the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bojangles tapped Katie Radtke to serve as vice president of supply chain.

Hoshizaki America removed the interim from his title and made Chris Karssiens president of the Georgia-based foodservice equipment manufacturer.

Georgia-based pizza chain Your Pie moved its office to the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta from Athens. Your Pie’s executive, marketing, franchising, operations and finance teams will work at the new location.

Georgia-based foodservice equipment manufacturer LTI promoted Matt McEwen to drafting manager.

As the foodservice industry looks to incorporate more technology to help operators effectively and efficiently manage their businesses, more partnerships may develop between different players. Such is the case with a partnership between Frontline International and Cargill.

Update June 1, 2021: Since Ali Group confirmed it made an offer to acquire Welbilt several developments have occurred.

Structural Concepts Corporation hired Alex Tappé to serve as vice president of sales for the Michigan-based manufacturer of temperature controlled display merchandisers.

Roomle and Kitchautomation have developed a partnership that will assist the way foodservice operators and the supply chain work together to design commercial kitchens and specify equipment, supplies and more. The intent of the partnership is to further collaboration among foodservice operators, designers, equipment and supplies dealers, manufacturers' reps and others involved in the design process.

Restaurant chain Bojangles hired Byron Chandler to serve as chief development officer. Bojangles also tapped company veteran Jose Costa to serve as chief growth officer.

Mikasa Hospitality added three new members to its foodservice sales team: Mary Agnes Palumbo, Jean Fritsche and Michael Butler.