RBI hires new chief corporate officer

RBI hires new chief corporate officer

The parent company of Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes hires Canadian executive

Ontario-based Restaurant Brands International announced the appointment of Duncan Fulton, left, as its Chief Corporate Officer on Monday. Fulton replaces Patrick McGrade immediately, according to the company which owns the Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes brands.

Fulton most recently served as president of FGL Sports, a sporting goods retailer in Canada.

"Duncan has an impressive track record as a retail, agency and government executive, including being widely recognized for driving innovation and speed of execution in all his previous roles,” said Daniel Schwartz, CEO of RBI in a news release. “His skills as a brand leader, digital innovator, communicator and his experience running a retail network and working closely with franchisees will be of great benefit to RBI and our growth agenda in the coming years.”

“Duncan is also a well-known Canadian executive who will play an important role with our Tim Hortons executive team, in addition to his roles working with the teams at Burger King and Popeyes around the world."

In his new role, Fulton will focus on “strategic growth, brand and corporate communications, government relations and franchisee relations,” the company wrote in the news release.

In recent months, media reports have surfaced over tensions between the company and Tim Horton franchisees, particularly over the brand’s planned revamp.

"I have always been attracted to companies and organizations that have aggressive growth agendas and are prepared to move quickly to innovate and adapt to the markets around them, Fulton said in the news release. “RBI has an impressive track record, strategy and executive team. I am honored to join the team and look forward to helping grow these iconic restaurant brands around the world.”

There are 24,000 RBI restaurants in more than 100 countries.

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