Penton's Nation's Restaurant News Announces Restaurant Industry Power List

Names the 50 power players changing the face of foodservice

Jan 26, 2016, 09:00 ET from Penton

NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nation's Restaurant News, a Penton brand and the leading resource of business intelligence for executives in the foodservice industry, has announced The Power List 2016. The list defines the 50 most influential individuals driving innovation in the restaurant industry.

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"The Power List, now in its third year, is the most definitive list of industry leaders who are not only setting trends today, but also shaping them for tomorrow," said Sarah Lockyer, Editor-in-Chief of Nation's Restaurant News.

"We focus on those that are leading the restaurant industry into new territories through food, like the Tastemakers, or through robust M&A, like the Dealmakers. We also have identified Disruptors, Ones to Watch, Heavy Hitters, Groundbreakers and Influencers."

The people on the Power List's Top 10 are not only key players in the foodservice industry, but also some of the top influencers of global business. No. 1 on this year's list is Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group LLC and founder of Shake Shack.

"Meyer is the epitome of where the restaurant industry is quickly headed — a confluence of chain and independent, quick service and fine dining, healthful cuisine and indulgent food. He doesn't follow rules," said Lockyer.

The Power List Top 10, as determined by Nation's Restaurant News, are:

  1. Danny Meyer, founder, Shake Shack; CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group LLC
  2. Steve Easterbrook, CEO, McDonald's Corp.
  3. Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO, Starbucks Corp.
  4. Mary Kay Henry, president, Service Employees International Union
  5. Thomas Keller, chef and restaurateur, The French Laundry, Per Se
  6. Kevin Vasconi, executive vice president and chief information officer, Domino's Pizza Inc.
  7. Julia Stewart, chairman and CEO, DineEquity Inc.
  8. Greg Creed, CEO, Yum! Brands Inc.
  9. Neal Aronson, founder and managing partner, Roark Capital Group
  10. David Chang, chef and founder, Momofuku Group

For complete profiles of all 50 people on The Power List, visit Follow the discussion on Twitter ( and via #NRNPowerList).

NRN editors will be holding a Facebook chat about the Power List on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. EST. (

About Nation's Restaurant News
Celebrating its 50th year in 2016, Nation's Restaurant News continues to serve the news and information needs of foodservice professionals. Today, offering integrated media solutions for changing times, NRN is the media brand more than 500,000 professionals turn to help them tackle the challenges facing the foodservice industry. For more information, please visit

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Sarah Lockyer
Nation's Restaurant News