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Industry Personnel Moves:

  • Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed John Hedgcock as v.p.-strategy and sourcing. He will lead the strategic planning process across the New Port Richey, Fla., company’s business, including manufacturing strategy and business development.
  • Toronto restaurateur Donna Dooher has been elected 2012-13 chair of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. Dooher will head a volunteer board of 30 restaurant industry leaders; CRFA has 30,000 members. The $63-billion restaurant industry is the fourth-largest employer in Canada, providing more than 1.1 million jobs. 
  • Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken has appointed two industry vets to its leadership team.  Michael Mader has been named senior v.p.-global strategy, planning and alliances; he had been v.p.-sales at Coca-Cola Co., heading the Burger King account. John (Barry) Barnett, formerly v,p.-global supply chain at Burger King—including equipment and facilities—is now Church’s senior v.p.-global supply chain and purchasing.
  • Del Taco has appointed David Pear, formerly of Domino’s Pizza and Yum! Brands, as senior v.p.- operations. He will head both company and franchise restaurant operations for the 530-unit chain. Other appointments at the Lake Forest, Calif., chain include Chad Gretzema to the newly created role of senior v.p.-operations support and engagement.
  • Five-year Subway veteran Joe Chaves has been named director of operations for the 35,500-unit chain. Chaves’ previous projects for the chain include expanding its catering operations and leading territory teams to improve operations and profitability. Rebecca Audet has been named the Milford, Conn., chain’s director of worldwide training.
  • Wild Wing Cafe has a new CEO. Owner Axum Capital Partners has named William Prather, former CEO of Hardees and exec. v.p. and head of worldwide operations for Burger King, to run the chain. Wild Wing operates 33 locations across seven states. The company owns 11 of those locations; 22 units are franchised. Last year, the company generated approximately $100 million in system-wide revenue. David Leonardo, a former franchise development executive for Wendy’s, Arby’s and Burger King, has been named chief development officer for Wild Wing Cafe. The chain makes its headquarters in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

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