EMEA MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) today announced the appointment of Kevin Higgins as President of its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, based in the company's EMEA headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. As part of the BKC global executive team, Higgins will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chidsey.
Higgins will begin his new role in August, replacing Peter Robinson, who will complete his three-year commitment to the company in October.
"Kevin's industry and multinational experience are significant assets to our business and we are pleased to have him on board," Chidsey said. "We've made considerable strides in the past few years in Europe and the Middle East and we thank Peter Robinson for his contributions to our business. We are confident that through Kevin's leadership, we will continue to build on our accomplishments in the region."
"Burger King's signature products are known and loved all around the world and I am excited to join such a dynamic and iconic brand," Higgins said. "I am confident that my experience in the restaurant industry will enable us to build upon the brand's recent growth and success in the EMEA region."
Higgins' career spans more than 20 years in the consumer foods industry in Europe and the United States. Most recently, he served as General Manager of Yum! Brands Europe and Russia Franchise Business Unit in Geneva, Switzerland where he led a multifunctional and multinational management team. Under Higgins' leadership, this business unit opened over 100 new units per year and launched Taco Bell and the Pizza Hut Delivery (PHD) brand in Europe.
Previously, he held a variety of positions at Yum! in their UK office including in the areas of development, franchisee development and finance. Prior to joining Yum!, Higgins worked for Pepsico Restaurants in London and for M&M/ Mars Inc. in the UK and the U.S.
Higgins holds a Master of Engineering Science degree and a Bachelor of Engineering degree (food and agriculture) from the University College Dublin in Ireland. He also holds an MBA from Henley Management College in England.
The BURGER KING® system operates more than 11,800 restaurants in all 50 states and in 74 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. In 2008, Fortune magazine ranked Burger King Corp. among America's 1,000 largest corporations and Ad Week named it one of the top three industry-changing advertisers within the last three decades.
Source: Burger King Corporation