Restaurant Brands International announced in a filing Thursday that Alexandre Santoro, the president of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen since March 2017, is leaving the post and taking on a new role supporting RBI’s international supply chain and assisting with new county entries. Felipe Athayde is taking over the position, effective March 14.
Santoro has helmed the brand president role since RBI purchased the chicken chain in 2017 for $1.8 billion.
Athayde directed a variety of roles at Burger King and Tim Hortons since joining RBI in 2011.
The executive change is the latest move for RBI, which replaced CEO Daniel Schwartz with Burger King president Jose Cil in late January. Schwartz, with the move, assumed a more active role as a partner at 3G Capital, but remains involved with the company as executive chairman and co-chairman of RBI’s board of directors.
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