Dunkin` Brands, the parent of Dunkin` Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has named Nigel Travis CEO. He will take over for Jon Luther, who will remain executive chairman of the board. Luther, 65, joined Dunkin` in 2003 as CEO and became chairman in 2006.
DunkinDonuts.com launched its e-commerce web site in 2001. The site sells coffee, rechargeable Dunkin’ Donuts prepaid cards, coffee equipment and travel accessories.
Before joining Dunkin, Travis, 58, was president and CEO of Papa John`s, a pizza chain with more than $2.1 billion in sales and more than 3,300 restaurants throughout the U.S. and 29 foreign markets.
While at Papa John’s, Travis helped the company triple its sales, expand in international markets, and introduce new products, such as Papa’s Pan Pizza.
Before joining Papa John’s, Travis worked for Blockbuster Inc. for 10 years, holding several positions including president and chief operating officer. While at the company, Travis helped spur a 50% increase in global sales for Blockbuster, and expand its international presence to 26 countries. He also worked to create a network of 300 franchisees in 15 countries with sales of $1 billion, and helped expand the company’s business from solely a video rental chain to a movie and game source as well.
Travis also has held positions with fast food restaurant chain Burger King, working as senior vice president of human resources and as managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
"In Nigel, Dunkin` Brands has found a leader with a proven track record of delivering extraordinary results,” Luther says. “His wide-ranging achievements in retail and the food service 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."
Dunkin’ Brands has more than 14,000 franchises in 44 countries worldwide, in addition to its DunkinDonuts.com e-commerce site. Last year, the company posted $6.6 billion in company-wide sales.