Inspire Brands has named Michael Haley as president and managing director of international to head global growth and development for the portfolio of brands, the company said Tuesday.
Atlanta-based Inspire, parent to Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic Drive-In, Jimmy John's, Rusty Taco, Dunkin' and Baskin-Robbins, said Haley most recently served as chief partnership officer at Pret A Manger.
“Michael brings a deep background in international restaurant operations, coupled with experience in business development, food and marketing, making him a great fit for this role at Inspire,” said Paul Brown, Inspire Brands CEO.
Inspire operates more than 9,000 restaurants in 60 countries outside the United States.
Brown added that Haley “deeply understands the needs of businesses that operate internationally and how to best support global franchisees. We see great growth potential for our brands internationally, and Michael will play a key role in delivering on that objective.”
Haley was most recently based in London, where he held global responsibility for Pret’s partnership shops. Pret A Manger is owned by JAB Holding Co.
Prior to Pret A Manger, Haley spent more than 14 years with Starbucks Corp. in Seattle, Amsterdam and London. While at the company, Haley led the development of Starbucks licensed and franchised stores across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The company said Haley is based at Inspire’s support center in Atlanta.
Inspire, with its domestic units, has about 32,000 restaurants and more than 3,200 franchisees.
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