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Virtual Town Hall Series: Former Black CEO’s in Foodservice Discuss – Building an Inclusive Executive Suite.


Sep 17, 2020 01:44 PM

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James White
Former Chairman & CEO @Jamba Juice
James is a transformational leader with over 30 years as a CEO and operating executive in the Consumer Products, Retail and Restaurant industries. An experienced Board Director/Advisor with almost 20 years of experience in a dozen public and private Board appointments. He is the former Chairman, President, and CEO of Jamba Juice where he led the successful turnaround and transformation of the company from a made-to-order smoothie shop to a global, healthy active lifestyle brand. Prior to his role at Jamba, James also held senior executive positions at Safeway Stores, Inc., the Gillette Company, and Nestlé-Purina PetCare. James currently serves on the boards of Air Protein, where he is Executive Chair, Adtalem Global Education (NYSE:ATGE), Panera Bread Company-JAB Holdings, Simply Good Foods (NASDAQ:SMPL) and Medallia (NASDAQ:MDLA).
Steve Davis
Former Chairman & CEO @Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Steven A. Davis served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. from 2006 to 2015. Bob Evans Farms, is a $1.8B diversified and integrated restaurant and packaged foods company (NASDAQ:BOBE). Before joining Bob Evans, Davis worked for Yum! Brands. He was President of Long John Silver’s A&W All-American Food Restaurants from December 2002 to May 2006. Prior to his presidency, he served in a variety of operations management and other executive positions in Yum! Brands from 1993 to 2002; including Senior Vice President of Pizza Hut, where he and his team introduced the first WingStreet® concept into the Pizza Hut brand. There are now over 4,000 WingStreet® locations nationwide. In 2019, Davis joined the Board of Directors of PPG Incorporated, a global, diversified coatings company. He serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance, the Technology and Innovation, and the Special Litigation Committees.
Lenny Comma
Former Chairman & CEO @Jack in the Box, Inc.
Mr. Comma served as Chairman and CEO of Jack in the Box from January of 2014 to June of 2020, developing and executing strategic and financial plans, evolving the business model to meet target market and investor expectations, and transforming the organizational structure, talent base, processes, reward systems and culture to align with the brand's strategy. He successfully led the Jack in the Box Board of Directors to make decisions regarding strategy, succession planning, governance, risk management, continuing education, and performance.