Dunkin’ Brands taps McDonald’s veteran for newly created role

Dunkin' Brands Group, parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has strengthened its executive operations team.

The company appointed veteran restaurant executive Rick Colón, 56, to the newly created position of senior VP, operations & development for Dunkin' Donuts U.S. It also promoted Scott Murphy to COO, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.

Dunkin’ said it is shifting responsibility for restaurant development and construction to the operations team under Murphy and Colón in order to make quicker and better market-based decisions as it expands its footprint across the country. The company’s goal is to eventually have 18,000 locations in the United States.

Colon joins Dunkin’s after a nearly 40-year career with McDonald's Corp. He began working in the restaurants as a teenager and eventually worked in leadership positions, rising to the position of South Zone president where he had responsibility for 4,000 restaurants and $11 billion in systemwide sales across eleven states.

Murphy joined Dunkin' Brands in 2004. He most recently served as senior VP, operations, Dunkin' Donuts U.S.

At the end of the third quarter 2017, Dunkin' Brands' 100% franchised business model included more than 12,400 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,900 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. The company is headquartered in Canton, Mass.