Applebee's veteran becomes director of operations for the Houston-based multi-concept operator.

Steve Hubbard is the new director of operations for Russo's Restaurants, a multi-concept operator which includes Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. A seasoned restaurant operator, Hubbard has more than 20 years of experience working with Applebee's and Apple Investors Group.

In his new role, Hubbard will manage the company's processes and look to enhance communication between the brand's corporate and franchise sectors. His duties will include financial management, organizational effectiveness, organizational leadership and risk management.