Carlson taps Neitzel to lead international division

CARROLLTON Texas Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., parent of the T.G.I. Friday's and Pick Up Stix chains, has promoted John Neitzel to president and chief operating officer of its international division.

Neitzel succeeds Steve King, who left last year to join the Dave & Buster’s food-and-games chain. Neitzel is now responsible for the company's international business, including the operations and financial performance of nearly 300 restaurants in 54 nations. Neitzel most recently was senior vice president of operations for T.G.I. Friday's USA.