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Chains from Domino’s to Starbucks changed their CEOs this year, marking a new era of leadership across 14 companies. These restaurants are implementing various strategies around growth, technology, franchising and customer engagement. Check out all the channels that have announced new CEOs so far this year.

Starbucks

CEO: Laxman Narasimhan

Start date: April 1, 2023

Outdoor restaurant Laxman Narasimhan joined the coffee company in October, working alongside interim CEO Howard Schultz to prepare for his new role at the chain. Schultz returned to his temporary position after the former CEO Kevin Johnson’s retirement in April. Narasimhan previously served as CEO of a consumer healthcare company Reckitt Benckiser Band. He will officially take over as CEO on April 1.

Jeni’s Spendid ice cream

CEO: Stacy Peterson

Start date: December

Stacy Petersonwho joins Jeni’s as CEO in December, previously served as chief revenue officer at wing stop. In this role, she oversaw the growth of the chain from 550 to 1,900 units. Peterson replaces John Lowe, leaving him Jeni’s CEO, who remains a member of the company’s board of directors.

Brix Holdings

CEO: Sherif Mityas

Start date: November 15

Just a year later Sherif Mityas was named chairman of Brix Holdings, Friendly’s parent company, promoted Mityas to CEO. IMityas oversees operations at Friendly’s, Red Mango, Orange Leaf, Smoothie Factory, SouperSalad and Humble Donuts. Prior to Brix, Mityas worked as an operating partner at JAMCO Interests, the majority shareholder of Brix Holdings. He has also worked at SJM Hospitality and TGI Fridays.

Tijuana Apartments

CEO: Joe Christine

Start date: October

Joe Christine became CEO of the 124-unit Tex Mex chain in October, bringing nearly 40 years of restaurant experience with him. He previously served as CEO, President and Board Member of Church’s Chicken. Christina succeeded Brian Wright, who stepped down as CEO of Tijuana Flats after three years. Christina will help oversee growth through franchising and further expansion in the eastern United States and Texas. The chain is mainly established in Florida, Virginia and North Carolina.

Louis Bar

CEO: Brian Wright

Start date: September 7

The chain of 70 gourmet bars has appeared Brian Wright as CEO in September. Wright has worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, most recently as CEO of Tijuana Flats. He succeeded Tom Fricke, who left Bar Louie in June after nearly five years in the role. Wright has also worked at Au Bon Pain, Bertucci’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Bar Louie is targeting growth, which will be supported by new operations and technologies.

Union Square Hotel Group

CEO: Chip Wade

Start date: September 6

Union Square Hospitality Group promoted Chip Wade, the company’s chairman and COO, as CEO in September. He succeeded the company’s founder and CEO, Danny Meyer, who remains the company’s executive chairman. Wade also joined the USHG Board of Directors. Wade has three decades of hospitality experience and joined USHG in 2019 to help execute the company’s growth strategy.

robin

CEO: GJ Hart

Start date: September 6

GJ Hart joined Red Robin as President and CEO in September. He has served on the company’s board since August 2019 and will remain a member of the board. He recently served as CEO at Torchy’s Tacos from 2018 to 2021, when he announced he would be retiring. Hart succeeds Paul Murphy, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Church’s Texas Chicken, Texas Chicken

CEO: Joe Guith

Start date: 1st of August

Joe Guit joined the chicken chain in August, taking over from Joe Christina, who became the CEO of Tijuana Flats. Guith previously worked as restaurant category president at Focus Brands, overseeing more than 1,500 restaurants across Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli and Schlotzsky’s. Guith has experience growing brands and increasing digital capabilities.

Denny’s

CEO: Kelli Valade

Start date: June 13

After less than a year as Red Lobster CEO, Kelli Valade took over the reins of Denny’s in June. She succeeded John Miller, who retired in August but retained his position on the board. Valade has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and prior to Red Lobster she was CEO of Black Box Intelligence and held several positions at Brinker International.