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.
Major leadership changes occurred at some big regional and national chains this week, with McDonald's U.K. gaining a new CMO, Wendy's creating two new executive roles and Dave & Buster's tapping a new CFO. These changes could have far-reaching implications on respective company strategies for the rest of the year.
Check out the latest restaurant executive changes below:
Wendy’s: Kurt Kane has been promoted to the new position of president, U.S. and chief commercial officer and Abigail Pringle has become the new president, international and chief development officer. These are newly created rolls as part of the fast food chain’s long-term growth plans, according to a press release. Kane has been with Wendy’s since 2015, serving in various positions including chief concept and marketing officer and most recently as executive vice president. In his new role, he will be responsible for U.S. business, including operations, marketing and research and development. Pringle, who has been with Wendy’s since 2002, most recently served as chief global development officer and international and will continue to lead the company’s international business in her new role. Current executive vice president and chief operations officer will be leaving the company by the end of May.
Dave & Buster's: Scott Bowman has become the company's new CFO, succeeding interim CFO Joe DeProspero, according to Nation's Restaurant News. Bowman most recently served as CFO at Hibbett Sports and also held various roles at Home Depot, including divisional DFO. DeProspero, who served as interim CFO since August, was also promoted to senior vice president of supply chain and business development.
Marco's Pizza: Jeffrey Rager has become the CFO at the 880-unit pizza chain and will focus on improving profits, operational efficiencies and financial performance. He previously served as CFO at Granite City Food & Brewery where he reduced discounting to boost profitability, according to Nation's Restaurant News. He also has worked at Joe’s Crab Shack and Yum Brands.
McDonald's: Gareth Helm has become CMO for the fast food chain’s U.K. and Ireland arm, according to The Drum. Helm previously worked at ZPG as well as Moneysupermarket and Zoopla.
Mooyah: Tony Darden has been named as president and chief operating officer following the departure of Michael Mabry, who left to work as chief development officer at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. He previously worked for COO at Taco Bueno and worked at Panera for more than 10 years.