This is the latest installment in a series that highlights major executive changes at top fast casual, QSR and casual dining chains over the past week.
This past week was a big one for restaurant executives with Yum Brands appointing two new CEOs for Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Other chains have also made leadership changes with Dunkin' Brands hiring a new human resources executive, while REGO Restaurant Group appointed a new CFO.
Check out new executives across the restaurant industry below:
American Blue Ribbon Holdings: Kurt Schnaubelt has been appointed CFO for the parent company of full-service chains O'Charley's, Ninety Nine, Village Inn and Bakers Square, according to Restaurant Business. He has over 25 years of experience and most recently served at international consulting firm AlixPartners. American Blue Ribbon has over 500 restaurants.
REGO Restaurant Group: Tom Kurrikoff, former CFO of TGI Fridays, has joined the parent company of Quiznos and Taco Del Mar as CFO, according to a press release. While at TGI Fridays, he led the sale of the company, finished three debt financings, transitioned to an asset-light model and refranchised over 300 company stores. He also held positions at Pizza Hut, Burger King and Blockbuster.
Dunkin' Brands: Stephanie Lilak has been appointed as SVP and chief human resources officer, reporting directly to CEO Dave Hoffmann, according to a press release. She was previously at General Mills for 23 years where she served in various human resources positions, as well as an operations leader for the company's largest U.S. manufacturing plant. In her new role, she will be responsible for employee recruitment, training, leadership development, succession planning, compensation and other human resources tasks. She also will co-chair the Dunkin' People Systems Subcommittee where she will work with franchisees to create tools and programs designed to recruit, train and develop managers and crew members.
McDonald's: Silvia Lagnado is expected to leave the fast food chain in October and the company has no plans to fill the role, according to AdAge. She has served at the company since 2015. The company promoted Colin Mitchell to SVP of global marketing and Bob Rupczynski as SVP of marketing technology. Mitchell will report directly to CEO Steve Easterbook and oversee insights and menu innovation while Rupczynski will report to CIO Daniel Henry. Lagnado was involved in the company's creation of a universal visual identity and helped to improve the company's focus on customers through data.
Moe's Southwest Grill: Jason Gronlund has been named executive chef where he will lead the creation and execution of culinary strategies and innovating the fast casual chain's new and existing menu, according to QSR Magazine. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry with experience in product innovation, menu development and operations management. He previously served at Tabasco, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill and Hard Rock Cafe.