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Women In Foodservice Honors Achievements, Names New Board

The 2011 Women’s Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Development Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 10-13, brought together more than 2,000 executives to celebrate leadership and to push further the ideals of gender equality and diversity.

During the four-day conference, the WFF announced the incoming 2011-12 executive committee and board of directors. The executive committee includes:

•   Carin Stutz, chair; president-global business dev., Brinker International


•   Lorna Donatone, chair-elect; COO/education market president, Sodexo


•   Laurie Burns, vice-chair; president, Bahama Breeze Island Grille


•   John Buckles, secretary; exec. v.p., Ventura Foods


•   Julie Swan, treasurer; v.p.-finance/specialty businesses, Sysco Corp.


•   Hattie Hill, member-at-large; CEO, Hattie Hill Enterprises


•   Angela Hornsby, member-at-large; v.p.-human resources, Applebee’s Services


•   Susan Gambardella, member-at-large; sr. v.p.-integrated marketing, Coca-Cola North America


•   Doug Barber, member-at-large; exec. v.p./people officer, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store


Thirteen of the 24 members named to the board of directors are chain or E&S professionals:

•   Debi Benedetti, CEO/Founder, Beyond the Possible


•   Kat Cole, president, Cinnabon Inc.


•   Kevin Cottingim, sr. v.-p./chief admin. officer, Ignite Restaurant Group


•   Gary Crompton, president-business dining, Aramark


•   Maura Havenga, sr. v.p.-restaurant solutions group, McDonald’s Corp.


•   Brenda Lotesta, v.p.-principal business and chain sales, KeyImpact Sales and Systems


•   Lynette McKee, sr. v.p./chief development officer, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants


•   Krystin Mitchell, Ph.D., sr. v.p.-human resources, 7-Eleven


•   Julie Moore, sr. v.p./g.m-hospitality, healthcare, commercial div., Ecolab


•   Dawn Sweeney, president/CEO, National Restaurant Association


•   Cathy Tang, chief legal officer, KFC Corp.


•   Anne Varano, sr. v.p.-human resources, Carlson Restaurants


•   Patricia Wilmot, exec. v.p.-PeopleFirst, Domino’s Pizza




Among the award recipients were Darden Restaurants, Jackie B. Trujillo SOAR Award;  Karen King, East Div. president-McDonald’s USA, leadership award; and  Michele Varian, v.p.- strategic sourcing, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, volunteer of the year.

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