Veteran restaurant leader Richard Snead dies

December 28, 2016

Longtime restaurant executive and industry champion Richard Thomas Snead died on Dec. 23, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 65 years old.

Services for Snead, former president and CEO of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, formerly the parent of TGI Fridays, will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. CST at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas.

“Richard was the consummate global leader,” said Wally Doolin, the founder of analytics firm TDn2K, who hired Snead at Carlson, on Tuesday. “He was the best international executive I know. He loved to work the world with his hospitality, knowledge and respect for diverse