Jon Luther, Dunkin' Brands chairman & CEO, says, "As part of our new and enhanced focus to build on our past and current success within both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, we are strengthening alignment across our global brands. This new alignment will result in a flatter and more streamlined organizational structure, while enhancing our ability to share innovations and best practices around the world. I am delighted to name two of our top and most respected executives to these critical new roles."
Will Kussell, 49, was named president & chief brand officer for Dunkin' Donuts Worldwide, the largest brand in terms of sales, units and growth potential for Dunkin' Brands. He formerly was Dunkin' Brands COO, a position that has been eliminated due to the realignment. In his new role, he will have complete responsibility for all domestic and international components of the Dunkin' Donuts brand. Kussell has been with Dunkin' Brands since 1994 in roles of increasing responsibility.
"I am extremely confident that Will's brand expertise, leadership ability and strong relationship with franchisees and licensees will lead Dunkin' Donuts to unprecedented worldwide growth in 2008 and beyond. He will continue to report to me and also remain a member of the Dunkin' Brands Board of Directors," says Luther.
Robert Rodriguez, president of Dunkin' Donuts U.S., was offered an opportunity to stay with the company, but he chose to leave to pursue other interests. "Robert is a person of unquestioned character and integrity, and he has truly exemplified the core values for which our company stands and he will be missed. I am very appreciative of Robert's leadership and numerous contributions as President of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and prior to that, as Brand Officer of Togo's," says Luther.
Srinivas Kumar, 45, previously vice president of international (Americas, Canada, Middle East & Europe) for Dunkin' Brands, will now assume the position of chief brand officer, Baskin-Robbins Worldwide. Similar to Kussell, he will have complete responsibility for the Baskin-Robbins brand globally. Kumar, a nine-year veteran of Dunkin' Brands, has played a key role in successfully revitalizing and expanding the company's international business during his tenure.
"Under Srinivas's passionate and results-driven leadership, Baskin-Robbins is now positioned for continued worldwide growth. Srinivas will report to me," continues Luther.
Luther concludes, "Our company has been on quite an exciting and rewarding journey these past five years. We have achieved strong growth by creating high-performance teams, and I am confident this realignment further positions Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins for accelerated worldwide expansion."