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R&IExecutive of the Year — Awards
R&I Executive of the Year

Annually since 1988 the editors of Restaurants & Institutions have selected an individual (or, as in 1989, a team) as Executive of the Year. This is a person judged by editors to have made significant industry contributions or to have achieved notable business results during the preceding year.

There are no set criteria for determining a recipient. The editors evaluate achievements in sales performance, menu innovation, organizational management, community involvement, system expansion, marketing strategies and brand building. The man or woman chosen in any given year will have had notable accomplishments in one or several of these or other disciplines.

These individuals are past Executive of the Year honorees:

2004 Emeril Lagasse, President, Emeril's Homebase
2003 David Overton, founder, chairman and CEO, The Cheesecake Factory
2002 Joe Lee, chairman and CEO, Darden Restaurants
2001 Scott Livengood, chairman, president and CEO, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
2000 Howard Schultz, CEO, Starbucks
1999 Jack Greenberg, chairman and CEO, McDonald's
1998 Robert Nugent, president and CEO, Foodmaker Inc. (now Jack in the Box Inc.)
1997 Ruth Fertel, president and CEO, Ruth's Chris Steak House
1996 Jamie Coulter, chairman and CEO, Lone Star Steakhouse
1995 Abe Gustin, chairman and CEO, Applebee's International
1994 Sandy Beall, CEO, Morrison Inc.
1993 Ron McDougall, president and COO, Brinker International
1992 Jim Near, chairman and CEO, Wendy's International
1991 John Martin, president and CEO, Taco Bell
1990 Steve Reinemund, president and CEO, Pizza Hut
1989 McDonald's Corp. executive team: Michael Quinlan, CEO; Ed Rensi, COO; James Cantalupo, president-McDonald's International; Jack Greenberg, CFO
1988 Joe Lee, president, General Mills Restaurants

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