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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.
Rosalyn "Roz" Mallet
President and CEO, PhaseNext Hospitality; National Restaurant Association Chair (2012)
Finishing her term as chair of the National Restaurant Association does not mean Mallet will be any less visible or active in the restaurant industry. As health care, immigration, tax reform and even swipe fees continue to affect the business of running a restaurant, Mallet will be working with politicians, association and business leaders to make positive change.
Mallet’s passion for the restaurant industry — which was build with stints at Caribou Coffee, Applebee’s, T.G.I. Friday’s and La Madeleine French Bakery and Café — cannot be overstated. In November, just following the Presidential Election, she discussed top priorities for foodservice.
“Our country needs to move forward,” she said. “We need to make decisions that will help us open restaurants … but we can’t keep waiting around for politicians; we need to pressure them.”
In addition, Mallet’s PhaseNext Hospitality, a franchise operating company, is set to continue to grow with opportunities in the nontraditional sector, with brands including Buffalo Wild Wings, Corner Bakery Café, Freshii and Smashburger. PhaseNext currently operates a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and a Smashburger location in Freedom Crossing in Fort Bliss, Texas, one of the largest military installations in the United States.