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YUM! Brands has promoted David Gibbs to CEO of Pizza Hut. He replaces the retiring Scott Bergren and leaves behind his presidency with Pizza Hut U.S.
AutoCanada, a car dealership franchisor, welcomes Barry James to its board of directors. He has more than 35 years’ business experience, including management and partnership roles in PricewaterhouseCoopers.
MTY Food Group and Keurig Canada have an agreement to take the Van Houtte Café-Bistro franchise into a “new era of great food and beverage service.” Keurig Canada will maintain the Van Houtte image, brand and wholesale business while MTY Food Group will own and operate the Van Houtte Café-Bistros.
The International Franchise Association (IFA) welcomes new team members Andie Snider, director for conferences and meetings, Cara Prodanovich, coordinator for communications and marketing and Gionne Jones, special projects coordinator.
Garth Whyte has stepped down as president and CEO of Restaurants Canada. The board of directors has asked past chair Donna Dooher to step in as interim president and CEO until a new candidate is selected.
John W Robinson III has been named the new CEO of lease-to-own retailer, Aaron’s. Robinson replaces Gil Danielson, who served as interim.
ASK THE EXPERTS Free advice can be worth a lot.
Roxi Bahar Hewertson is the CEO of Highland Consulting Group, Inc. and AskRoxi.com. She is an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker and author.
Myth One: If you are a star performer in your field or discipline, you will surely be a star leader of others.
From the day we were born, all the applause has been about “what I have done well,” not “what we have done well.” The exception is teamwork within or outside your family. The skills, attributes and even motivations required to lead people successfully are entirely opposite from those required to be a successful individual contributor. Consider this: if the roles and skills weren't so opposite, it would be a walk in the park for someone to move seamlessly from being a great violin player to being a great conductor. Leading others is an emotional and intellectual seismic shift that will quickly separate effective leaders from ineffective ones. Making the transition from being an individual contributor to being a leader can seem as difficult as swimming from New York to London alone, without a life jacket.
By Tony Wilson
Many prospective franchisees tend to think the franchise agreements presented to them by franchisors are non-negotiable contracts, written in stone. As they understand it, these are standard-form contracts that are never negotiated. In some cases, they have even heard franchise agreements cannot be changed for any single franchisee because that would be illegal.

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