California Pizza Kitchen named Jim Hyatt CEO.
Sonic named Claudia San Pedro president in February. The company later said San Pedro would lead the brand after the retirement in December of longtime chairman and CEO Cliff Hudson.
El Pollo Loco Holdings named Bernard Acoca its new president and CEO.
Epic Wings, formerly Wings N’ Things, hired Rob Streett as president of franchising and licensing.
Bojangles’ board director James “Randy” Kibler began filling the president and CEO role on an interim basis in March.
Biscuitville promoted Kathie Niven to president of the brand.
The Pie Hole tapped Edie Ames as its new CEO.
McAlister’s Deli named Joe Guith brand president.
Le Duff America, the parent company of a string of French-themed cafes in the U.S., tapped Lionel Ladouceur as its new CEO.
Babalu Tapas & Tacos promoted Abe Ruiz to the role of CEO.
Tim Doherty was promoted to president of Doherty Enterprises Inc.
Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc. president and COO Cheryl Henry assumed the role of CEO.
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant named Kim Boerema as CEO.
First Watch Restaurants Inc. promoted president Chris Tomasso to the additional role of CEO.
Steve Layt assumed day-to-day responsibilities for NPC International’s Pizza Hut business as president and CEO.
Yum Brands Inc. announced that Tony Lowings will become CEO of its KFC division on Jan. 1.
The restaurant investment, development, operations and management company Four Foods Group announced a new president, Shauna K. Smith.
Rave Restaurant Group, parent to the Pizza Inn buffet chain and fast-casual Pie Five Pizza Co., promoted Bob Bafundo to president.
Inspire Brands named Lyle Tick president of Buffalo Wild Wings.
TJF USA LLC, the parent company to the fast-casual Tijuana Flats brand, named interim CEO Rick Van Warner to the position permanently.
Mountain Mike’s Pizza LLC, parent to the franchise brand, named Jim Metevier to the position of president.
Kona Grill Inc. promoted Jim Kuhn to president and CEO in August. He was replaced in November.
Brinker International Inc. named Kelly Baltes as executive vice president and president of Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Tender Greens named president Denyelle Bruno to the additional role of CEO.
Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, named David Hoffmann CEO.
Yum! Brands Inc. tapped Vipul Chawla as president of Pizza Hut International.
CEC Entertainment Inc. promoted Mahesh Sadarangani to the position of president of Peter Piper Pizza.
FoodFirst Global Restaurants, the parent company of Brio Tuscan Grille and Bravo Cucina Italiana, named Dave Pickens president.
Chanticleer Holdings Inc., a multiunit operator whose portfolio includes Hooters and Little Big Burger, named Fred Glick its new president.
CraftWorks Holdings promoted Tim Kaliher to president of its Logan’s Roadhouse division.
PJW Restaurant Group, the parent company of P.J. Whelihan’s Pub, named Jim Fris as its new CEO.
Jim Ilaria was introduced as CEO of Uno Restaurant LLC.