Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., the parent of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins chains, said Thursday that it named three high-level company executives to the post of president.
The Canton, Mass.-based company appointed Paul Twohig to president of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada. He succeeds chief executive Nigel Travis, who plans to spend more time positioning the company for future growth and working with franchisees around the world. Most recently Twohig served as chief operating officer for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.
In addition, Dunkin’ Brands named Bill Mitchell president of Baskin-Robbins U.S. and Canada. Mitchell, who most recently served as senior vice president and chief brand officer of Baskin-Robbins, will continue to lead the ice cream chain’s operations team, the company said.
Dunkin’ Brands also promoted John Costello to the position of president, global marketing & innovation. In his new role, Costello will continue to lead all global marketing, product development and channel businesses for both brands. Previously, Costello was chief global marketing and innovation officer.
“These appointments to president are well deserved by John, Bill and Paul who have each contributed greatly to Dunkin’ Brands considerable success,” Travis said in a statement. “Most importantly, these appointments will give me more time to spend with our franchisees around the world as we work to continue to drive their profitability and our shareholder value.”
Dunkin’ Brands also named Scott Murphy to the position of senior vice president, chief supply officer. In his new capacity Murphy will be responsible for developing supply chain efficiencies for both the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins chains. Murphy, who will report directly to Travis, previously headed Dunkin’ Donuts global supply chain.
"During his nine years with Dunkin' Brands, Scott has played a key role in strengthening our Dunkin' Donuts supply chain,” Travis said. “Most importantly, he played a significant role in the merger of our franchisee-owned distribution and procurement facilities into one national entity, which will result in uniform product costs for Dunkin' Donuts franchisees across the U.S.”
Almost 100-percent franchised, Dunkin' Brands' has more than 10,400 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and nearly 7,000 Baskin-Robbins locations in 60 countries around the world. For the full-year 2012, the company had franchisee-reported sales of approximately $8.8 billion.