Industry News | June 15, 2017

Papa Murphy's Names Dunkin' and Starbucks Alum as CEO

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc. announced that industry veteran Weldon Spangler has been named as CEO and director, effective July 17. Jean Birch, interim CEO, will remain as chair of the board of directors.

"I am pleased to welcome Weldon to the Papa Murphy's team. Weldon is a seasoned leader with over 30 years of restaurant industry experience, and his expertise in managing and developing franchise businesses makes him a great fit for our company's next chapter," Birch says.

Spangler joins Papa Murphy's after spending seven years with Dunkin' Brands Group, having most recently served as senior vice president, Baskin-Robbins U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, where he had complete oversight of the brand. Prior to this role, Spangler spent five years working on the Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Canada business, first as a regional vice president and then as vice president of operations. During his time at Dunkin Brands, Spangler worked closely with franchisee leaders and played an integral part in the launch of several successful company initiatives. Prior to Dunkin’ Brands, Weldon held significant leadership roles at Starbucks and Yum! Brands.

"Papa Murphy's offers a unique, high quality product that customers love," Spangler says. "With a focus on the success of our franchisees, Papa Murphy's has significant opportunity to grow and thrive, and I am excited to begin partnering with the entire organization to enhance long term shareholder value."

The company also announced that CFO Mark Hutchens has been promoted to executive vice president.  He will retain his title of CFO. "Mark's promotion to executive vice president reflects the key role he plays in our company. He has proven himself a tireless leader and has made significant contributions to all facets of our business," Birch says. "It's been a tremendous experience leading this dedicated team, and I look forward to working closely with Weldon and Mark as I continue in my role as chair of the board."

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