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Wendy’s Hires Pizza Hut’s Kane as CCO

Wendy’s Hires Pizza Hut’s Kane as CCO

Kurt Kane, credited with the reinvention of the Doritos brand during his tenure at Frito-Lay, has been asked to help reinvigorate Wendy’s. The burger chain announced that Kane is taking the new title of Chief Concept Officer, responsible for North American marketing and innovation, effective May 4. He reports to President-CEO Emil Brolick. Kane comes […]

McDonald’s Optimizes the Future

In July 2012, in his first quarterly earnings conference call as CEO, Don Thompson put his faith in a three-pronged strategy to bring McDonald’s up to date and beyond. “By remaining committed to our long-term strategies to optimize our menu, modernize the customer experience and broaden accessibility to brand McDonald’s while continuing to fortify our […]

McDonald’s Names New U.S. President

McDonald’s Corp. today announced that McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton will retire effective Oct. 15, 2014, and be replaced by Mike Andres. The change comes not even two years after Stratton assumed the post in November 2012, displacing longtime executive Jan Fields. Since then, McDonald’s has posted a series of disappointing quarterly reports, including Q2 […]

McDonald’s Taps New Chief Marketing Officer

McDonald’s Corp. selected Deborah Wahl as senior VP, chief marketing officer for USA operations, effective March 3, 2014. She succeeds Neil Golden, who has been CMO for the past five years and who announced his intention to retire last year. Wahl reports to Kevin Newell, EVP and chief brand and strategy officer for McDonald’s USA. […]

Good Times: Four Reasons We Like Bad Daddy’s

In April 2012, Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard hired Heathcote Capital LLC, many assumed the Golden, Colo.-based regional QSR was seeking a buyer. But President-CEO said that on the contrary Good Times was looking to buy. This week 39-unit Good Times announced deals with Charlotte, N.C.-based Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. BurgerBusiness.com spoke with Good […]

Easterbrook Returns to Guide McDonald’s Marketing

Steve Easterbrook, the the former president of McDonald’s Europe who left the chain in 2011 to head PizzaExpress (and who then went on to be CEO of Wagamama Limited), rejoined McDonald’s Corp. as EVP-Global Chief Brand Officer. He’ll oversee marketing, menu development and consumer and business insights. It’s a post Easterbrook previously, if very briefly, […]

Surprise Deal Takes Burger King Public Again

When it launched new advertising this week that teased “Exciting things are happening at Burger King,” it wasn’t clear that the burger chain meant the boardroom as well as the dining room. Privately held Burger King Worldwide Holdings and publicly traded UK investment vehicle Justice Holdings Limited announced a business deal late Tuesday that will […]

Skinner Retiring at McDonald’s; Thompson Steps Up

Don Thompson was named chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corp., effective July 1, 2012, following the announced retirement of Vice Chairman-CEO Jim Skinner. Skinner, 67, has worked at McDonald’s for 41 years and has served as CEO since November 2004. Thompson has been with the company for 22 years. A graduate of Purdue University with […]

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