Shipley Do-Nuts has named Flynn Dekker as its CEO. The former CEO of Bonchon, a global franchisor of Korean chicken restaurants with over 420 locations in nine countries, replaces Clifton Rutledge, who will return to the Board of Directors.
“Flynn is an exceptionally strong leader and brings an impressive background across numerous executive roles, and his experience and talent will help to continue driving significant growth in the business through new unit expansion, same-store sales growth and enhanced operations,” Robert Strauss, senior managing director at Shipley’s parent company, Peak Rock Capital, and member of the Shipley board of directors, said in a company press release. “We are also grateful for Clifton’s leadership over the past two years as he drove transformational growth at Shipley. We look forward to his continued contributions on the board as Flynn takes the lead as CEO.”
Since 2021, Shipley has added over 200 units to the development pipeline and executed multiple initiatives to accelerate growth, including launching online ordering, rolling out branding and establishing a systemwide coffee program.
“I feel privileged to lead such an iconic company and support our continued expansion,” Dekker said in the release. “Shipley has a strong foundation established over the last 87 years and a tremendous group of employees and franchisee partners. I look forward to working with the team to further accelerate Shipley’s growth trajectory by continuing to expand our footprint and invest in our franchisees’ success with exceptional ingredients, equipment, technology and service.”
Founded in 1936, Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts has over 330 restaurants.