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BK’s product innovation manager steps down

Burger King’s manager for product innovation, Robert Thomas, stepped down Wednesday, making him the latest of several executives to leave the burger company.

Thomas said in an e-mail that he has accepted a position as key account manager for quick-service restaurants at Puratos Corp., which specializes in bakery products.

His announcement comes two days after the 12,251-unit chain relaunched its chicken tenders, changing their shape and breading.

Earlier this month, Miami-based Burger King Holdings Inc. said co-chairman John W. Chidsey would resign April 18. He had formerly served as chief executive at Burger King before its acquisition last September by private-equity firm 3G Capital.

Controller and chief accounting officer David Chojnowski, global chief marketing officer Natalia Franco, and general counsel and chief compliance officer Anne Chwat also have left Burger King since the nearly $4 billion deal.

According to Thomas’ LinkedIn profile, he was a research and development chef for oil and sauce supplier Ventura Foods from 2002 to 2005. He also worked as executive chef for International Flavors and Fragrances, as a culinary technologist for King & Prince Seafood and as a chef at Walt Disney World.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected].


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