MIAMI – Restaurant Brands International (RBI), parent company of Burger King, announced that Chris Finazzo, president of Burger King Americas, recently left the company. RBI did not give a reason for Finazzo’s departure but detailed its succession plan for the interim in a July 6 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ellie Doty, chief marketing officer, and Tom Curtis, chief operating officer, will be responsible for the Burger King brand and business in the US and Canada on an interim basis, and will report directly to José Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands International.
“Ellie Doty joined the company one year ago, bringing extensive industry experience in marketing and sales from her roles at Chili’s and YUM,” RBI said in the filing. “Tom Curtis joined the company several months ago after 35 years as a franchisee, executive and most recently executive vice president, US Operations and Global Operations Support at Dominos.”
Finazzo joined Burger King in May 2014 as senior manager of sales and competitive intelligence. He went on to serve in multiple roles during his tenure with the company including head of marketing North America and head of development North America.
Burger King posted comparable store sales growth of 0.7% in the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. At the end of March, the quick-service chain had 4,987 restaurants.