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Inspire Brands names John Kelly as Chief Company Restaurant Officer

The hospitality group, which counts Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins among its five brands, has announced that former Arby’s Chief Operating Officer John Kelly will now oversee operations for all of the group’s chains

Kelly was previously responsible for more than 3,500 Arby’s locations across North America | Photo credit: Inspire Brands


John Kelly has been promoted to the Inspire Brands Executive Team and named Chief Company Restaurant Officer as one of three appointments made by the restaurant company. 

Kelly, who was previously responsible for more than 3,500 Arby’s locations across North America, will now oversee the largest collection of multi-brand company restaurants in the US and Canada, representing Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s and SONIC Drive-in.     

Atlanta-based Inspire Brands was formed in 2018 when fast food sandwich restaurant chain Arby’s acquired Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty Taco. It then purchased sandwich delivery company Jimmy John’s in 2019 before acquiring Dunkin’ Brands, comprising coffee and donut chain Dunkin’ and ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins, in December 2020. 

The $11.3bn Dunkin’ Brands addition saw Inspire Brands become the second largest restaurant company in the US. It now operates a collective 32,000 stores across 70 countries. 

Inspire Brands has also announced two internal promotions to the Chief Operating Officer post, with Lou Beccarelli replacing Kelly at Arby’s and Tanishia Beacham becoming the Sonic Brand Chief Operating Officer effective 1 October 2022.  

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