John Barber is the new chief development officer at Global Franchise Group, a strategic brand management company. He will oversee domestic and international development for the group’s brands, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery and Pretzelmaker.
Jania Bailey, president and COO of FranNet, was tapped to join the board of the International Franchise Association in February 2013.
Famous Dave’s board member John Gilbert III becomes CEO, and Christopher O’Donnell moves to the president and chief operating officer post.
Corner Bakery Café named franchise and restaurant veteran Gary Price as president. He’s charged with leading an “aggressive” expansion effort, the company says.
Yanira Castro is the new director of marketing at Salsarita’s. She brings 14 years of restaurant and technology experience to the firm.
Kathy Baker joined RE/MAX as vice president of franchise and business solutions. She owned top-ranking RE/MAX United in North Carolina.
J.D. Byrider, the used-car and finance company, promoted Jack Humbert to director of franchise development. He was a senior franchise consultant. Andrew Cavallaro joined the dealer services team as a key account manager. David Borshoff and David McMahon are newly named franchise consultants at the firm.
Developing a new restaurant prototype is a top challenge for Bonnie Rhinehardt, named chief restaurant officer for Wild Wing Café. David Clark was promoted to vice president of construction and operations services.
Fred Dreibholz joined Quaker Steak & Lube as chief financial officer. He is a 20-year industry veteran, most recently with Champps Entertainment and FLIK International.
Dimitris Manikis has an expanded role as managing director of RCI South Africa, charged with growing the operation in what the company calls a core market.
Lisa Hayes is a new brand evangelist at FranNet Minnesota. She was hired to help manage revenue that more than doubled since last year, the company said.
Clockwork Home Services hired Mark Baker as franchise president and David Kozak as senior director of marketing. Baker was with RE/MAX, Kozak with Dunkin’ Brands.
Gedde Naschak, a griller at bd’s Mongolian Grill in Michigan, is the winner of the stir-fry restaurant chain’s 2012 Master Griller competition. The contest includes a $1,000 prize, and is designed to recognize grillers who create a fun and professional experience.
Angela Hornsby, the new Chief People Officer at Sbarro, spent much of her first weeks on the job on the road. “The traveling was really about communication, change management. It was a chance for us to get face to face with every market in the country, and really talk to them about where we’re trying to go.”
Hornsby said she’s been surveying employees for years, and at Sbarro “there were some really big positives. We had a huge majority of people saying they were proud to work for the brand.” They said they understand why Sbarro is making “the huge changes we’ve rolled out,” and they want more input in the process. Hornsby said addressing those concerns will be her focus now.The company conducted a survey before she and other executives hit the road, to get a pulse about what people were thinking, Hornsby said. “We did a lot of question-and-answer sessions, and we asked people for free advice.”
Hornsby said she likes her C-level position, and she enjoys working for a smaller company than her former employer, DineEquity. “There’s a couple of things about Sbarro that are exciting to me. They really are moving into the fast-casual space, and I think that’s where all the excitement is going on in our industry.” She also likes the new emphasis on fresh food.