MIAMI, Jan 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) today announced the appointment of Robert Perkins as vice president, inclusion and talent management. In this newly created position, Perkins will oversee BKC's internal and external inclusion strategies, and be responsible for ensuring progress against objectives in each of the company's inclusion pillars. These four pillars consist of workforce, community, guests and operators/suppliers. Perkins will also be responsible for BKC's talent management group. He will oversee management development, including talent assessment and reviews, leadership development and training, and succession planning. He reports to Pete Smith, chief human resources officer.
"Robert's unique experience enables us to merge our talent management and inclusion departments under one person and most effectively deliver against our people strategies," Smith said. "We also believe Robert can maximize the opportunities around our inclusion initiative as we incorporate inclusion into our business strategies. Our inclusion pillars were designed to reinforce the importance of working as one cohesive group, while respecting and embracing all the differences we bring to the BK(R) brand every day. In addition, Robert will work closely with the Diversity Action Council to elevate the importance of inclusion among our employees and franchisees."
Perkins comes to BKC as a senior human resources executive with extensive global experience in the consumer products, media and entertainment industries. He worked most recently at Sony BMG Music where he directed the company's efforts in management and executive development, talent acquisition and diversity compliance. His prior experience also includes leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Time Warner, Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, Avon Products and Proctor and Gamble. At several of these corporations, he assisted senior management with developing company-wide diversity business plans, integrating diversity into all systems and processes, and coaching managers on diversity awareness and skills.
Perkins holds a bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing from the University of Illinois.
About Burger King Corp.
The BURGER KING(R) system operates more than 11,200 restaurants in all 50 states and in 69 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING(R) restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Corp. please visit the company's Web site at http://www.bk.com.
SOURCE: Burger King Corp.