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From emerging concepts to watch like Zoës Kitchen to the largest restaurant company in the world, McDonald's, leadership is always the driving force behind successful brands. Nation's Restaurant News points to 10 restaurant executives to watch in 2013 from brands such as Popeyes, California Pizza Kitchen, Sbarro and more.
CEO, AFC Enterprises Inc./Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
An NRN Golden Chain award winner in 2012, Bachelder’s pedigree is hard to rival, with senior roles at KFC, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco and Procter & Gamble. Since taking the helm at AFC Enterprises in 2007, Bachelder has propelled the 2,060-unit Popeyes quick-service chain to a string of positive same-store sales results, improved operations and customer satisfaction, and more brand sizzle than the chain had seen in some time.
But what makes Bachelder one to watch in 2013 is her increasing role as an industry advocate, through her efforts with ProStart, the Women’s Foodservice Forum and a personal mentorship mission anchored by her new blog, Purpose of Leadership. There, Bachelder says, she wants to help develop great leaders. Even a quick review of the blog makes it abundantly clear that mentoring and leadership are passions of Bachelder’s, and ones she’s looking to use for the betterment of the restaurant industry.