Fast-casual burger chain Shake Shack appointed Tara Comonte to the role of president in late 2019. She previously served at the brand as chief financial officer for two years.
Black Bear Diner, the family-dining chain, named a new CEO in early 2020. Anita Adams had served as president of the brand since April of 2019, and chief financial officer before that.
Papa John’s named Amanda Clark, a former Taco Bell executive, chief development officer in early 2020, replacing Timothy O’Hern, who retired amidst the scandal involving ex-CEO John Schnatter in 2018.
City Barbeque broadened its executive team with two new appointments in mid-2019. Diane Reed succeeded Jim O’Connor as chief financial officer after serving as financial chief at Bravo Brio Restaurant Group. Judy Kadylak was appointed the chain’s first chief marketing officer and had previously served as senior vice president for marketing at Steak ‘n Shake.
Ellie Doty was promoted from vice president of marketing and culinary at Chili’s Grill & Bar to senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the chain.
Momofuku, the David Cheng-founded restaurant group, named its first-ever CEO in 2019 - Marguerite Zabar Mariscal. Mariscal was hired as an intern for the company in 2011, named brand director in 2016 and chief of staff and creative director in 2018 before taking on the chief executive role.