German Doner Kebab Appoints Franchise Recruitment Director To Drive North American Growth
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German Doner Kebab Appoints Franchise Recruitment Director To Drive North American Growth

November 16, 2020 // Franchising.com // German Doner Kebab has appointed a new Franchise Recruitment Director for North America to spearhead its growth and development in the region.

Food and Beverage industry veteran Michael Bruno joins German Doner Kebab from Focus Brands and with over 25 years’ experience in the sector.

Bruno will be heading up the franchise recruitment arm for German Doner Kebab and will be tasked with developing the franchisee growth pipeline across North America.

Michael’s appointment comes as German Doner Kebab opens its first two restaurants in Ottawa and Vancouver, and forges ahead with its North American expansion and ambitious plans to engage and recruit quality franchisees across the region.

German Doner Kebab currently has five franchisees who have signed up for a development pipeline of 75 restaurants across North America, embarking on significant growth with key locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York, New Jersey, Houston, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

German Doner Kebab, the flagship brand of Hero Brands, is going from strength to strength as it progresses its expansion across the globe with over 700 franchises already signed-up to German Doner Kebab worldwide.

German Doner Kebab USA Managing Director Nigel Belton believes Michael Bruno’s experience will prove invaluable in strengthening the senior team and further build upon German Doner Kebab’s rapid North American expansion.

He said: “I am looking forward to working closely with Michael as we seek to rapidly develop a robust development pipeline. With our first two stores now open in Canada, I am confident that this will translate into much more interest and excitement which will support our endeavours to onboard the right partners to build the GDK brand.”

“Michael brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills to German Doner Kebab and we are delighted to have a person of his calibre on board. His extensive experience will prove invaluable as we strive to continue our mission of announcing the German Doner Kebab brand to consumers throughout North America.”

The F&B vet has been instrumental in opening approximately 1,000 restaurants in North America while supporting franchisees throughout the process in site selection, design and build.

Michael said: “I am delighted to be joining GDK at what is a crucial time for the development of the brand across North America.

“This really is a fantastic opportunity to be joining a new disruptive brand and help the senior team drive and further strengthen GDK’s footprint as it prepares for an exciting growth period.”

“I’m seeking to engage with experienced franchisees across North America who are keen to expand their restaurant portfolio and join the German Doner Kebab family.”

The German Doner Kebab franchise business currently employs over 1000 people within the UK and also operates franchised stores in Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain.

SOURCE German Doner Kebab

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