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Wood Stone Corporation appointed Todd Breiner to serve as vice president of global sales for the Bellingham, Wash.-based commercial cooking equipment manufacturer.  

Multiconcept operator FAT Brands named Ken Kuick and Rob Rosen co-CEOs, effective May 5, 2023. As previously announced, Andy Wiederhorn will step down as CEO and continue in his role as chairman of the board.

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, Denny’s and Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe update their leadership teams. While multiconcept operator Darden Restaurants plans to acquire Ruth's Hospitality Group, parent company for Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

RATIONAL USA promoted Billy Buck to vice president of culinary for the company’s U.S. operations.

Wood Stone Corporation, Marra Forni and Cal-Mil update their sales teams and Frontline International announces its new director of manufacturing.

Action Sales promoted Tony Yeung to the newly created position of deputy CEO for the California-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. He previously served as the dealer’s chief operating officer.

Frontline International tapped Max Palazzo to serve as director of manufacturing for the maker of cooking oil management solutions for commercial kitchens.

Renowned foodservice consulting firm Cini-Little hired several foodservice professionals to work at its various locations.

Cal-Mil will promote Jason Wange to executive director of sales and Noel Flather to director of strategic accounts. Both promotions take effect on June 1, 2023.

The consolidation bug bit the manufacturers’ rep community the week of April 17.

In a deal valued at $715 million, multiconcept operator Darden Restaurants plans to acquire Ruth's Hospitality Group, parent company for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Gary Dykstra, a longtime foodservice equipment executive, passed away on April 21, 2023. He was 68 years old.

Kevin Vigeant of Lakeside Foodservice passed away on April 27, 2023. He spent 12 years with the Wisconsin-based foodservice equipment manufacturer, most recently serving as executive vice president.

The Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management recognized the accomplishments of five of its members with the organization’s Directors Awards and Rising Young Professional Awards.

Multiconcept operator Inspire Brands promoted three company veterans to new leadership roles that impact its Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Sonic restaurant chains as well as its corporate staff.

Carpigiani, Crown Verity and Rational add to their rep networks, while Nexstep Commercial Products names its rep of the year. Also, PB&J bolsters its team.

Alto-Shaam promoted Brooke Wilman to the newly created role of inside sales development specialist.

Capping a career that will span four decades with the company, Steve Maggard will retire from his role as president of Henny Penny in May 2024. Henny Penny expects to announce Maggard’s successor this spring, per a company release.

Biscuit Belly introduced Tarah Freestone as the restaurant chain’s vice president of operations.