Friendly's hires Harsha Agadi as CEO

Former Church's Chicken executive succeeds Ned Lidvall

Friendly Ice Cream Corp. has named industry veteran Harsha V. Agadi chairman and chief executive of the 500-plus-unit family-dining company.

Agadi, who served as president and chief executive of Church’s Chicken in Atlanta until late last year, succeeds president and chief executive Ned R. Lidvall, who left to pursue other interests, the Wilbraham, Mass.-based company said Tuesday. Lidvall joined Friendly’s in 2008.

“Harsha has an outstanding track r

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