New Executive Roundup

Panera Bread has appointed Lauren Cody as chief of staff and chief customer officer.  Cody’s resume includes stints at McDonald’s and Burger King. At McDonald’s, Cody served as managing director for the Norwegian market, vice president of strategy & insights for the UK, and corporate vice president, where she handled consumer and business insights globally. Cody’s hire is part of an expansion of Panera’s leadership team, the company said. Recently, it’s brought in industry veterans from McDonald’s, Kraft, Yum! Brands, Unilever, Pepsi, CVS, Accenture and Coca-Cola.


Ann Gugino is the new CFO at Papa John’s.

Ann Gugino is in as the new chief financial officer of Papa John’s, the pizza chain announced on Monday. Steve Coke, who has been serving as interim principal financial and accounting officer, will continue in his role as vice president, investor relations and strategy. Gugino comes from Target Corporation where she was senior vice president, financial planning and analysis. Gugino also spent 18 years at Patterson Companies Inc., including four years as executive vice president and CFO.


Dan Wheeler is the new Uncle Julio’s CMO.


Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group has appointed Dan Wheeler as chiefmarketing officer, leading brand strategy, digitalmarketing, new revenue generation and menu innovation. Wheeler will also be responsible for expanding the adoption of technology to drive trial and loyalty among current and new audiences, as well as bringing a virtual brand to market. He reports to Tom Vogel, CEO of Uncle Julio’s Restaurant Group. Wheeler’s previous experience includes Whalburgers, Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins.

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Qdoba Welcomes New Franchise Development Chief

Peter Ortiz brings 30 years of experience to the role,.

Wendy's announced the appointment of Kevin Vasconi as chief information officer, effective today. He will report to president and CEO Todd Penegor and serve on Wendy's senior leadership team. Prior to joining Wendy's, Vasconi served as executive vice president, chief information officer at Domino's Pizza, Inc. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino's achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2019 from digital channels, primarily online ordering and mobile applications. In the U.S. in 2019, Domino's generated over 65% of sales via digital channels. At Wendy's, Kevin will assume responsibility for all aspects of Wendy's global technology efforts, including Consumer-facing Digital, restaurant technology, enterprise architecture and technology, and information security. "Digital technology is a critical growth driver for Wendy's today and will be in the future," said President and CEO Todd Penegor. "Kevin Vasconi is an ideal leader to join our organization and help us advance to the next level. We are confident that his industry-leading experience will help to accelerate the growth we have already seen across technology channels in 2020, and he will lead a talented and well-resourced team focused on the substantial opportunities we see across the globe." "It's incredibly exciting to join The Wendy's Company in this next chapter of my career," said Vasconi. "The great potential for technology transformation at Wendy's, combined with the brand's 50-year heritage for quality and innovation tell me that the future is bright at Wendy's

Former Domino’s CIO Joins Wendy’s

Burger chain says Vasconi will oversee restaurant technology, and consumer-facing digital tech.


Former Burger King Honcho Joins BurgerFi

Growing burger chain enlists industry veteran with long track record of franchise development