Larry Zwain, Chief Executive Officer and President, Boston Market division of Boston

Larry Zwain, Chief Executive Officer and President, Boston Market division of Boston

Larry Zwain
Chief Executive Officer and President, Boston Market division of Boston Chicken, Inc., Golden, Colorado

Age: 43. Why he's rising: Zwain, who shot through the ranks at PepsiCo, is credited for boosting sales and profits at Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut while president of the restaurant division. Ladder climbing: 1988-1991, division vice president, Pizza Hut West; 1991-1993, CEO and president, KFC International; 1993-1995, president and COO, PepsiCo Restaurants International. Schooling: M.B.A., Tuck School, Dartmouth College; B.A., Rutgers University. Biggest recent accomplishment: Helped boost profits by 30% at PepsiCo restaurant division in 1995. Mentor: Cites none but praises Pizza Hut's Alan Houston and PepsiCo's Roger Enrico as "great bosses." First job in foodservice: Burger cook at Gino's restaurant in Union, N.J., age 16. What the future holds: Predicts Boston Market will make Fortune's annual list of country's ten most admired companies.