Applebee's Appoints New Chief Operations Officer

Glendale, Calif. — Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar® has promoted Kevin Carroll, a restaurant operator with nearly three decades of experience, to senior vice president, chief operations officer, reporting directly to John Cywinski, president, Applebee's.

Kellogg's To Open Permanent Cereal Café in New York

Battle Creek, Mich. — Building on its first year of success in Times Square, Kellogg's® NYC Café will open the doors of its immersive new brick-and-mortar cereal café and experience on December 7, 2017 in New York City’s Union Square neighborhood.

Quaker Steak & Lube Promotes VP of Operations and Franchise Services

Westlake, Ohio — Quaker Steak & Lube® has promoted Bruce Lane to vice president of operations and franchise services. Lane joined the company earlier this year as vice president of franchise services and has been a fundamental part of TA Restaurant Group's ongoing plans to reinvigorate the 43-year-old brand and grow Quaker Steak & Lube into a nationally recognized concept through franchising.

A&W Canada Plans 2018 Leadership Transition

Vancouver — Effective February 16, 2018, Susan Senecal will become president and CEO of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. and A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund, becoming the fifth CEO in the company's 62-year history, and the first-ever fully bilingual CEO and woman in the role. Senecal is currently president and chief operating officer of the company.

Pei Wei Names New Chief Financial Officer

Dallas — Pei Wei, the leading Pan-Asian, fast-casual restaurant brand, is continuing its executive team expansion with the addition of Jim Lebs as chief financial officer. He joins Pei Wei from CiCi’s Pizza.

Arby’s Plans 25 New Restaurants in Chicagoland

Atlanta — Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) has signed development agreements to build 25 new restaurants in the Chicago metropolitan area over the next 5 years. Chicago is a priority growth market for Arby’s where the brand has 64 restaurants and the potential to triple its current footprint.

Subway Names New Chief Digital Officer

Milford, Conn. — Subway® Restaurants has promoted Carissa Ganelli to chief digital officer. Ganelli is responsible for the brand's global digital strategy and will lead Subway Digital, a team dedicated to transforming the guest experience through the integration of digital tools and an omnichannel strategy.

Yum China’s President/COO Will Succeed CEO in March 2018

Shanghai — Yum China Holdings, Inc.’s chief executive officer, Micky Pant, will transition to vice chairman and senior advisor. Joey Wat, who currently serves as president and chief operating officer, will succeed Pant as CEO of Yum China. The succession plan will take effect on March 1, 2018.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Expands Executive Leadership Team

Atlanta — Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a leading fast-casual cafe concept, has appointed five industry veterans to the company's corporate leadership team: Rob Collins as chief marketing officer, Pete Ward as general counsel, Paul Marsden as chief financial officer, Jaime Denney as senior vice president of operations and Cheryl Fletcher as vice president of franchise development strategy.

CoreLife Eatery Plans 40 New Locations by the End of 2018

Syracuse, N.Y. — CoreLife Eatery, an active lifestyle restaurant with a healthy concept that has crazed the nation, is continuing its aggressive expansion with the addition of 40 new stores by the end of 2018, including 20 units in the brand’s home state of New York.

Captain D's Promotes Company Veteran to Director of Operations

Nashville, Tenn. — Captain D's has promoted Summer Sims to director of operations. In her new role, Sims will oversee the operations and financial responsibilities of Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Arkansas territories and help to hire and develop talented professionals for these areas.

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