Burger King Corporation announced several key appointments
within its worldwide finance organization and Information Systems that will enable the company to
execute its current business turnaround plan, manage its eventual separation from parent company
Diageo, plc., and be ready to operate as a stand alone company following the separation.
“This new structure provides for a more unified finance organization that will support our current
turnaround efforts by utilizing the strengths of our talented finance team and providing more financial
support for critical business decision-making,” said Bennett Nussbaum, executive vice president and
chief financial officer for Burger King Corporation. “It also aligns our resources to enable operation of
Burger King Corporation as a stand-alone company, once we have separated from Diageo.”
Under this new organization, Maureen Bellantoni will assume the newly created role of senior vice
president, finance. In this capacity, Bellantoni will use her experience in strategic planning to build
worldwide financial capabilities for business management. Bellantoni will also oversee the separation
process of Burger King Corporation from Diageo.
Within Bellantoni’s group, Jay Samuels, currently director, US financial planning and analysis, has been
promoted to senior director, worldwide planning and reporting. In this role, Samuels will utilize his
experience in planning and reporting to unify this critical worldwide function and to ensure that
worldwide planning and reporting standards are directly aligned and support worldwide strategy and
Nikka Copeland, currently director, business development, has been promoted to senior director,
business development, reporting directly to Nussbaum. In this role, Copeland will oversee the highly
specialized areas of acquisitions and divestitures, system optimization and franchisee financial
Albert Couto, currently U.S. controller, has been promoted to senior director, operations finance,
reporting directly to Nussbaum. Couto will be the single point of contact for company restaurant and
franchise finance, as well as for real estate and construction finance.
Another key appointment announced by Burger King Corporation is the promotion of Rafael Sanchez
from vice president, technology and infrastructure to chief information officer, reporting directly to
Nussbaum. In this role, Sanchez will oversee all aspects of information technology, including restaurant
systems, enterprise systems and marketing and operations information technology support.