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Frisch’s Big Boy tapped James Walker to serve as CEO for the casual dining chain. Walker comes to Frisch’s Big Boy from Nathan’s Famous where he also served in an executive role.

As part of a company succession plan, Eric Schmitt was named president of Rapids & Affiliates, a Marion, Iowa-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer and service provider.

Chad Gretzema was promoted to president of Del Taco from chief operating officer. Gretzema replaces John Cappasola who stepped down from his role as Del Taco president and CEO.

David Kalinowski has been named president of ACP Inc., an Ali Group company, effective immediately.

Refrigerated Solutions Group hired Robert Watson to serve as an eastern regional sales manager for the Eastern U.S.

On the heels of completing its acquisition of Welbilt, multiline foodservice equipment manufacturer Ali Group made a series of executive-level changes, specifically naming company veteran Erik Nommsen chief executive officer of Ali Group North America. In addition, Rob August and Tom Hotard were named senior vice presidents for Ali Group.

Empire Equipment Company has acquired Greater Texas Ice, a Houston-based wholesale distributor of commercial foodservice equipment and aftermarket parts.

Concluding a journey that took years to complete and featured enough plot twists to make renowned filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock proud, Welbilt finally has a new corporate home.

Innovative Foodservice Group tapped Brett Hayes to serve as a regional sales manager for the west coast of Florida for the foodservice equipment and supplies dealer. His territory will run from Marco Island to Crystal River.

Former Focus Brands executive Joe Guith was named CEO for quick-service restaurant chains Church’s Texas Chicken and Texas Chicken.

Jill Connor was appointed marketing manager for Marra Forni, an international manufacturer of commercial brick ovens.

Renowned restauranteur Danny Meyer will step down from his role as chief executive officer of Union Square Hospitality Group, effective Sept. 6, 2022.

Contract feeder Aramark has changed the name of its K-12 school foodservice operation to Aramark Student Nutrition.

Tech24 has acquired TEMCO, Inc., a Jackson, Miss.-based provider of repair and maintenance services for commercial kitchen and HVAC equipment.

SEFA, a dealer-based foodservice equipment and supplies buying group, added three people to its staff, including Matt Pugh, vice president, portfolio management; Price Shoemaker, vice president of e-commerce and Michael Wolfe, director of learning and development.

Robin Hungerford joined Webb Foodservice Design as an associate principal, planning director.

Ampex Brands has acquired bellagreen, an American bistro concept with locations in Houston and Dallas. But the chain’s new owners have a healthy appetite for growth.