CANTON, Mass., July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today announced the appointment of Jack Clare to the position of Chief Information Officer. In his role at Dunkin' Brands, Clare will be responsible for directing all information technology resources, with a focus on supporting the company's franchisee community to drive restaurant profitability through technology. He will report directly to Dunkin' Brands' Chief Global Strategy Officer, Neil Moses.
Mr. Clare brings a wealth of experience in directing information technology for prominent worldwide brands, with particular expertise in the food and beverage industry. Immediately prior to joining Dunkin' Brands, he served as Vice President, IT and Chief Information Officer, Yum! Restaurants International, the largest division of Yum! Brands. In that position, Clare was responsible for the IT strategy for more than 14,000 restaurants in over 120 countries, including the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, and established the global strategy to extend the company's online eCommerce channel to markets outside the U.S.
Prior to Yum! Brands, Clare spent seven years with Constellation Brands, one of the world's leading wine, beer and spirits companies, most recently as Vice President, Technical Services. He spent three years with Sapient Corporation in various IT management roles, and also served as a System and Flight Test Engineer with the United States Air Force.
"Technology is one of the top priorities at Dunkin' Brands because we are committed to providing our franchisees and employees with the tools and information critical to improving the guest experience, increasing profitability and stimulating growth," said Neil Moses, Dunkin' Brands Chief Global Strategy Officer. "With his long track record in building strong, business-focused IT teams and driving high performance across brands, Jack will play a key role in supporting our growing business and using technology to help Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins better serve guests throughout the world."
"I am delighted to be joining Dunkin' Brands, a company with two of the world's best-loved brands and two of the premier franchising concepts in the world," said Clare. "I look forward to working with the company leadership and our franchisee community to ensure that Dunkin' Brands' technology helps Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins continue to grow by enabling our restaurants to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible."
Clare received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis.
About Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.
With more than 17,000 points of distribution in nearly 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the second quarter 2012, Dunkin' Brands' nearly 100 percent franchised business model included more than 10,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and nearly 7,000 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. For the full-year 2011, the company had franchisee-reported sales of approximately $8.3 billion. Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.
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