Dunkin' Brands announces leadership changes

by Monica Watrous
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Paul Twohig, Dunkin' Brands
Paul Twohig, president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, has announced plans to retire.

CANTON, MASS. — Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. is searching for a successor to Paul Twohig, president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, who has announced plans to retire at the end of the first quarter of 2017. Mr. Twohig will remain in his current role until his replacement is named and will continue to report to Nigel Travis, chairman and chief executive officer of Dunkin’ Brands.

“Since joining the company in 2009, Paul has been a major contributor to Dunkin’ Brands’ success,” Mr. Travis said. “He has led the efforts of the Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. team to drive strong franchisee profitability and same-store sales, to deliver an outstanding restaurant experience, and to develop our restaurant footprint across the country. During Paul’s tenure, we have increased our domestic Dunkin’ Donuts store count by more than 30%, adding more than 2,000 net new restaurants across the country.

“Paul has also consistently focused on people development, and as a result, we have strong operations and development teams in place ready to take our brands to new levels of success. I greatly appreciate all that Paul has done for Dunkin’ Brands and am confident that when he retires a year from now, he will leave us even better positioned for the future.” 

Chris Fuqua, Dunkin' Brands
 Chris Fuqua, new senior vice-president of Dunkin’ Donuts brand marketing, global consumer insights and product innovation

Additionally, two have advanced at Dunkin’ Brands. Chris Fuqua has been promoted to senior vice-president, Dunkin’ Donuts brand marketing, global consumer insights and product innovation. Scott Hudler has been named chief digital officer. Both will continue to report to Mr. Travis.

Mr. Fuqua joined the company in 2009 as senior director of strategy before moving to the marketing department, where he is responsible for Dunkin’ Donuts’ U.S. marketing programs, food and beverage innovation, field marketing and consumer insights for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins globally.

Scott Hudler, Dunkin' Brands
Scott Hudler, new chief digital officer for Dunkin' Brands
Mr. Hudler has been a marketing executive with Dunkin’ Brands for the past nine years and currently leads Dunkin’ Donuts’ U.S. digital, media, loyalty and advertising strategies. Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, he held marketing positions with Mars, Inc. and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. 
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