Foodservice Equipment Reports

Dunkin' Brands Expands Roles of U.S. Chiefs To Include International Regions

The global donut market is about to get a little more attention from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Dunkin' Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins is expanding the roles of Paul Twohig, president-Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada, and Bill Mitchell, president-Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada, to include international regions as the Canton, Mass., company seeks to accelerate the growth of both brands worldwide.

In addition to his current post, Twohig will assume responsibility for the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in Europe and Latin America and oversee global development for both brands.  Mitchell’s portfolio will expand to include oversight of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins in Korea, Japan and China.  Responsibility for the company's brands in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will remain with V.P. John Varughese, who will add oversight for both brands in India. All three report directly to Dunkin' Brands Chairman/CEO Nigel Travis. As a result of these changes, Giorgio Minardi, president of Dunkin' Brands International, is leaving the company.

Under Twohig, a veteran of leadership posts at Starbucks, Burger King and Panera Bread Co., Dunkin' Donuts U.S. has had strong sales momentum and has added 1,133 net new restaurant locations in his four-year tenure. Mitchell joined Dunkin' Brands in 2010 from Papa John's, where he had been president-global operations, overseeing development and operations in 29 countries.

Almost 8,000 of the company’s 17,940 Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants are located outside the U.S.  In 2012, the company added more than 665 net new locations globally.         

 “I am excited about the enormous opportunity that exists internationally for Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, and believe we can almost double our current number of restaurants outside the U.S. to 15,000 locations,” said Travis.