Krispy Kreme UK announced the appointment of Jamie Dunning as the new Chairman and Managing Director for the UK and Ireland.

As former managing director and chairman of Mars Retail Group and director of sales at Cadbury Schweppes, Dunning will succeed Richard Cheshire, who recently made the decision to step down as CEO of Krispy Kreme UK & Ireland after nearly two decades of management in the company.

While leading Mars Retail Group, Dunning oversaw a transformation in the fortunes of the company and its associated brands, transitioning into a turnaround and leading it into a period of transformative accelerated growth.

The appointment comes at an exciting time in Krispy Kreme’s journey in the UK and Ireland, as the company looks to continue the strong growth of the past five years. Dunning will be tasked with building on the successful legacy Cheshire leaves behind.

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Josh Charlesworth, Global President & Chief Operating Officer, Krispy Kreme, shared:

“We are delighted to have been able to appoint Jamie to head up Krispy Kreme in the UK & Ireland. The work that his predecessor, Richard Cheshire, did to build the brand’s presence and reputation in the region was nothing short of extraordinary, and we wish to thank him for his two decades of service. In Jamie we have a worthy new UK head, and I am excited to see the fresh perspective and wealth of knowledge that he will provide us with as we enter this thrilling new phase of our presence in one of our most valued markets.”

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Jamie Dunning, President & Managing Director, UK & Ireland, commented on his appointment:

“I could not be more pleased to be joining the team at Krispy Kreme. I love everything about the company, from its strongly held values and its ambitious plans for the UK, to its delicious products! I will focus on continuing Krispy Kreme’s signature Hub and Spoke model through expansions into online delivery, drive-throughs and bricks and mortar stores, but also cementing the relationship the company has with consumers as one of the countries’ most-loved sweet treat brands that sparks joy and enhances shared moments”.

The newly appointed, Jamie Dunning, will start in his new position on July 25 and after taking a break. Meanwhile, Richard Cheshire is reportedly going to set up his own company.

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Krispy Kreme entered the UK market in 2003 and now has 133 stores in the UK and Ireland and is present in over 1,500 other access points through partnerships with companies such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons.

The year 2022 marks the 85th anniversary of the global launch of Krispy Kreme and the company plans to mark this milestone by continuing to bring joy to people around the world and aiming for rapid growth in the UK and Ireland.

Its UK branch recently reintroduced the Hotlight Hour initiative, the time when customers are allowed to request a freshly baked donut in-store, which was discontinued due to coronavirus. Meanwhile, in Ireland earlier this month the donut maker opened its new store in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre – an extension of the existing Blanchardstown, Swords Pavilion, Dundrum Town Centre.