Niki LeondakisV.P. of Restaurant Operations, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, San Francisco. Age: 34. Why she's rising: Hired by the Kimpton Group in 1993 to supervise three of its restaurants, Leondakis made child's play of the task. Given six more restaurants to oversee; no problem. Last year, made vice president and put in charge of all 27 restaurants, with locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Tacoma. Background: Before Kimpton, handled food, beverage, and ...

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