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Dunkin' Brands announces the appointment of its new CEO

Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has announced that Nigel Travis has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer. According to the information provided, Travis, 58, had most recently held the position of President & CEO of Papa John's, a pizza chain with more than 3,300 restaurants throughout the U.S. and 29 international markets. The appointment will be effective January 6, 2009, and he will take over from Jon Luther, who will remain Executive Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Luther commented, "In Nigel, Dunkin' Brands has found a leader with a proven track record of delivering extraordinary results. His wide-ranging achievements in retail and the foodservice industry will strengthen our overall senior leadership team, further enhancing our ability to execute our long-range strategic plans. Nigel's ability to develop strong franchisee networks, his understanding of the intensely competitive global marketplace, and his innovative, results-oriented style will build on the powerful momentum already in place at our Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands."

Massachusetts-based Dunkin' Brands, Inc. currently has a network of more than 14,000 franchises in 44 countries worldwide. At the end of 2007, there were 7,988 Dunkin' Donuts franchised restaurants and 5,874 Baskin-Robbins franchised restaurants and the company had system-wide sales of approximately $6.6 billion. (kbp)

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