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Dunkin’ Brands names new president of international division

Dunkin’ Brands names new president of international division

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has named Giorgio Minardi president of its international division, the company said Tuesday.

Minardi replaces Neal Yanofsky, who left the company in September, four months being named to the newly created position. Dunkin’ Brands president and chief executive Nigel Travis assumed the duties in the interim.

Minardi’s duties include “strategically expanding the presence of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins outside the United States and … delivering a consistent, but culturally relevant, brand experience” for its customers, the Canton, Mass.-based company said.

Minardi will report directly to Travis.

A foodservice and retail veteran who has held high-level positions at McDonald’s and Burger King, Minardi most recently was managing director for Europe and the Middle East at Autogrill, a food, beverage and retail company, where he was responsible for the company’s operations in 40 countries.

“With an impressive career as an international executive with some of the leading brands in the food-service and retail industry, Giorgio is eminently qualified to help us capitalize on the tremendous global growth opportunities available to Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins," Travis said.

"He has a unique blend of marketing, operational, development and general management experience, as well as on-the-ground experience in Asia Pacific, Europe and the U.S.,” he said.

Minardi also served as Burger King’s division vice president of Northwest Europe, and vice president for the Asia Pacific. Prior to that he spent 16 years at McDonald’s Corp., where his last job was vice president and chief marketing officer for Greater China. He currently serves on the board of directors of Volotea Airlines in Europe.

“I am excited about being a part of the Dunkin' Brands team,” Minardi said. “The company is among the world's largest quick-service restaurant companies and includes two of the most recognized and beloved brands in the industry."

During the first nine months of 2011, Dunkin' Brands opened a net total of about 480 net new locations worldwide. In the third quarter, a net 83 Baskin-Robbins international units were opened.

Although Dunkin’ Donuts has a larger presence in the United States than its sister company, Baskin-Robbins is the larger international brand and accounts for about 15 percent of Dunkin’ Brands’ total revenue, the company said. Dunkin’ Donuts International accounts for about 3 percent of total revenue.

When announcing third-quarter earnings last November, Travis called Baskin-Robbins International “a real jewel in the crown.” He said Dunkin’ Donuts International had more work ahead of it.

Dunkin’ International closed a net 24 units in the third quarter of 2011.

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Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


Focus Brands Names Joe Guith Restaurant Category President

Focus Brands, parent company of iconic brands Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's, announced Guillermo Cremer as its new chief people officer and Joe Guith as category president, Restaurant Brands.

"We are thrilled to have Guillermo and Joe at the helm of two critical areas of our organization," says Jim Holthouser, CEO for Focus Brands. "As our company grows, we will continue to put an intense emphasis on our people and culture, while providing best-in-class service to our brand franchisees and suppliers to drive our company forward."

Cremer brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to Focus Brands, with a special emphasis on talent development, change management, building a strong culture, and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. He joins Focus Brands most recently from Kimberly Clark in Atlanta, where he spent seven years supporting different business units, including more recently the Professional division.

In this role, he delivered strategic HR leadership, led development programs for employees and actively participated in an HR transformation to support the changing needs of the organization. While there, he also oversaw the HR function for the Latin America business unit. Guillermo has served in several HR leadership roles at General Mills and Procter & Gamble. He holds a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Joe Guith, currently the president of McAlister's Deli, has been promoted to category president, Restaurant Brands. Over the past six years, he has held the brand president position at McAlister's Deli from 2018 to 2021 and Cinnabon from 2015 to 2018, with both brands seeing steady growth and expanded customer bases during his tenure. Joe's expertise of operating restaurants, combined with his passion for growing brands, accelerating digital capabilities and developing high-performing teams, will be incredibly valuable to the Focus Brands portfolio of restaurants.

During his time in the food and beverage industry, he has also served in general management and strategic roles with The Coca-Cola Company and Yum! Brands. Joe has a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Michigan.


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