Industry News | January 18, 2008

Dunkin' Brands Names New Senior Director of Community Relations & Multicultural Initiatives

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Dunkin' Brands, Inc., the parent company of quick service brands Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced that Cirabel Lardizabal Olson will join the company in the newly created position of Senior Director, Community Relations & Multicultural Initiatives.

Reporting directly to Dunkin' Brands Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer Stephen J. Caldeira, Ms. Olson will work closely with senior management to ensure organizational alignment on multicultural initiatives, while also leading the company's outreach efforts to national, state and community-based organizations that represent important constituencies, including franchisees and an increasingly diverse consumer base.

Olson brings to Dunkin' Brands more than 10 years of leadership experience in the foodservice industry. In her seven-year tenure at Burger King Corporation, she led all global internal and external multicultural, diversity, community relations and government relations efforts for the company's 11,100 restaurants across all 50 U.S. states and more than 65 countries. She was responsible for developing the brand's relationships with prominent organizations such as the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, National Urban League, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce, Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance and the Women's Foodservice Forum. As Marketing Brand Manager for Tropicana Products Inc., Ms. Olson led the creation and development of several new products, while successfully re-launching others.

Olson received a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University.