American Dairy Queen Corp., parent company to the Dairy Queen franchise, has announced two key hires to its international business team, according to a press release.
Chris Wren has been hired as VP of development, international, while Greg Kirian has been named VP of marketing, international.
Wren comes to the brand with nearly three decades of experience in franchising and in the restaurant industry. He has held executive finance and development roles at CIT Bank, Dine Brands Global, Wingstop and Yum! Brands. Wren will oversee the strategy and execution of international business development in new and existing markets.
Kirian brings more than two decades of global food and beverage industry experience, including international marketing leadership roles at Little Caesar’s, Wingstop and Yum! Brands. In his role at ADQ, he will lead brand and marketing strategies for international markets.
“Given our aggressive business goals to expand the company’s global footprint outside of the U.S. and Canada, strong leadership in marketing and development roles will be critical,” Nicolas Boudet, COO, international at American Dairy Queen Corporation, said in the press release. “Chris and Greg both add impressive and diverse portfolios of experience in global businesses. Their contributions will help us drive DQ restaurant growth and brand awareness in new and existing markets around the world.”