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.
A new culinary director could mean new menu items forthcoming at Quiznos and Taco Del Mar while new leadership at CKE Restaurants will help with international expansion of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's.
Check out this week's leadership changes below:
Brinker International: Prashant N. Ranade has been appointed to the company's board of directors, according to a press release. He most recently served as executive co-chairman of the board at Syntel, a technology company. He also served as CEO of Siemans Logistics and Assembly.
"Prashant brings a strong understanding and appreciation of technology, diverse experience across marketing and operations and a strategic, growth-oriented mindset," Brinker International CEO and president Wyman Roberts said in a statement.
REGO Restaurant Group: Chef and Qdoba veteran Mike Gieseman has been named director of culinary innovation for the parent company of Quiznos and Taco Del Mar. In his new role, Gieseman will be responsible for "reinvigorating the menus of Quiznos and Taco Del Mar by developing craveable items that are operationally achievable," according to a company release.
“As the leader of our culinary center of excellence, his consumer insights-driven methodology is a major competitive advantage for our portfolio of turnaround brands as we continue to drive a transformational agenda. Even if the menus at each of our restaurants are drastically different, the notion of fully understanding what the guest craves is a central driver across brands," REGO Chief Brand Officer Mark Lohmann said in a statement.
CKE Restaurants: The parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's brands has tapped longtime leader Mike Woida, who has worked at the company since 1993, to succeed Ned Lyerly as international president. Lyerly was promoted to CEO earlier this month, and Woida will report directly to him.
“With Mike at the helm of our international division, we are confident that both Carl's Jr. and Hardee's will experience a tangible positive impact as we expand in new markets around the world," Lyerly said in a company release.
eatsa: The restaurant technology provider appointed J. Crew and Starbucks vet Adam Brotman to CEO of the company, effective immediately. Former CEO and eatsa co-founder Tim Young has shifted to the role of CTO, where he will spearhead product innovation and technology development.
While serving as co-CEO, president and chief experience officer of J. Crew, Brotman launched the company's first-ever loyalty program, insight eatsa says will be a significant asset as it further hones its ordering and loyalty offerings.