Dunkin’ Brands appoints three vice presidents to its international team

USA – Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, has appointed three vice presidents to its international team.

The quick service restaurants franchisor has promoted Rini Ernawati to Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific and Caner Gursoy to Regional Vice President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia.

Alongside consultancy and advisory experience with multiple startups in the fast-casual restaurant and e-commerce space, Rini Ernawati has more than 15 years of multinational experience as a finance and general management executive.

Before joining Dunkin’ Brands, Ernawati was responsible for driving growth at some of the world’s most renowned global brands, including McDonald’s, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, and Carl Zeiss.

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Caner Gursoy, the new Regional VP Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia, began his career with Dunkin’ Brands as an International Business Manager in 2012.

Gursoy subsequently held the roles of International Operations Director, Middle East, Africa and Australia, and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia.

Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, he was the head of Gloria Jean’s Coffees, UAE Operations for the Master Franchisee where he was responsible for all aspects of operations, restaurant development, marketing human resources and finance.

The company has also appointed Ashish Asthana, a former executive with The Coca-Cola Company, as the new Vice President of International Marketing.

Ashish has spent more than 20 years with Coca-Cola in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and and worked with other companies across the globe including in Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok and India.

Ashish also co-founded The Pure Winery, the world’s first global zero-sugar wine company, based out of Europe.

Commenting on the appointments, Dave Hoffmann, Dunkin’ Brands CEO said: “We are thrilled to add these three executives with their deep industry and global experience to help lead key growth segments for both Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’.

“These appointments are another measure of our efforts to make Dunkin’ Brands a more field-centric organization so that our decision-making process is more nimble and occurs closer to the consumer.”

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All three vice presidents will report to John Varughese, Senior Vice President, International.

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