Board of Directors

Nigel Travis
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Nigel Travis was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Board for Dunkin’ Brands in December 2018. Previously, Nigel served as Chief Executive Officer of Dunkin’ Brands from January 2009 to July 2018, and added responsibility as Chairman of the Board in May 2013.


From 2005 through 2008, Nigel served as President & CEO of Papa John’s, the pizza chain with annual system-wide sales of $2.1 billion and more than 3,300 restaurants throughout the U.S. and 29 international markets. Under his leadership, Papa John’s accomplished outstanding results, with industry-leading comp sales, consistent earnings growth and excellent franchise relationships. During his four-year tenure with the company, Papa John’s online sales tripled through the innovative use of technology. In addition, Nigel helped position the company’s international business as a major growth platform and oversaw the successful rollout of several new products, including Papa’s Pan Pizza.


Prior to Papa John’s, Nigel was with Blockbuster, Inc. from 1994 to 2004, where he served in increasing roles of responsibility, including President & Chief Operating Officer. During that time, global sales increased over 50 percent and the international business was developed to encompass 26 countries with revenues of $1.8 billion. Nigel also built a worldwide franchise network of 300 franchisees in 15 countries with revenues of approximately $1 billion, and transitioned the company from a video rental store chain to a complete movie and game source.


Before that, he was with Burger King, first as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and later as Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As Managing Director, he turned around the region, significantly increasing sales and operating profits. He dramatically increased the rate of store development in the region, and successfully drove expansion into new countries and alternative points of distribution.


Nigel received a bachelor’s degree in business administration for Middlesex University in England. He previously served as Lead Director on the Board of Directors for Office Depot, where he currently serves as a board member. Nigel also serves as Chairman of Leyton Orient Football Club, and led a business consortium to take on ownership of the storied English football club in June 2017. He is a lifelong Leyton Orient fan.


He is also the author of the book, “The Challenge Culture: Why the Most Successful Organizations Run on Pushback” (PublicAffairs/Hachette Book Group, September 2018).


Nigel is drinkin’ Dunkin’ Hot Tea and scoopin’ Baskin-Robbins Pralines ‘n Cream ice cream.

Dave Hoffmann
Chief Executive Officer for Dunkin’ Brands and President of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.

Dave joined Dunkin’ Brands in October 2016 as President, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, responsible for Dunkin’ Donuts operations and marketing in the U.S. and Canada, as well as global franchising and store development for both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dave was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2018.


Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Dave spent 22 years with McDonald’s Corporation, where he most recently served as President, High Growth Markets, an area that included China, South Korea, Russia and several additional European markets. From 2009 to 2015, he held various leadership roles as part of McDonald’s Asia Pacific Middle East Africa (APMEA), serving as President beginning in 2012 and overseeing the operations of 8,900 restaurants across 37 countries. 


In 2007, he was named McDonald’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Franchising in Japan, and was later promoted to Executive Vice President of McDonald’s Japan in 2009.


Dave began his career with McDonald’s as a crew member while in high school and later rejoined the company, post MBA, through its management training program. After holding a series of field operations positions, he moved to the corporate office where he held leadership positions in numerous key functions supporting the U.S. business including strategy and insights, development, training, operations and supply chain.


Prior to rejoining McDonald’s, he worked for Arthur Andersen.


Dave earned a B.S. in accounting from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Dave is drinkin’ a Dunkin’ Iced Macchiato and scoopin’ Baskin-Robbins Pralines ‘n Cream ice cream.


Raul Alvarez
Lead Independent Director

Mr. Alvarez is currently Chairman of the Board at Skylark Co., Ltd., a Japanese-based operator of restaurant chains. Mr. Alvarez is a director at Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company and Realogy Holdings Corp. and served as a director of McDonald’s Corporation and KeyCorp until 2009. Mr. Alvarez served as President and Chief Operating Officer of McDonald’s Corporation from August 2006 until December 2009. Previously, he served as President of McDonald’s North America from January 2005 to August 2006 and as President of McDonald’s USA from July 2004 to January 2005. Mr. Alvarez brings significant experience in the quick service restaurant industry as well as executive leadership experience to the Board.


Linda Boff

Ms. Boff serves as Chief Marketing Officer for General Electric Company.  Ms. Boff joined GE in December 2003 and has held a series of leadership positions with GE including Executive Director, Global Digital Marketing and Global Director, Marketing Communication.  She was named to her current position in 2015.  Her prior experience includes serving as CMO at NBC’s iVillage as well as key marketing roles at Citigroup, the American Museum of Natural History, Times Mirror Company and several large marketing agencies

Irene Chang Britt

Ms. Chang Britt served as President, Pepperidge Farm, a subsidiary of Campbell Soup Company from August 2012 to February 2015 and also held the position of Senior Vice President, Global Baking and Snacking for Campbell from October 2010 to February 2015. Ms. Chang Britt joined Campbell in 2005 and held a series of leadership positions with Campbell including Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer and President, North America Foodservice. Ms. Chang Britt currently serves on the board of directors of Tailored Brands, Inc. and TerraVia Holdings, Inc., and formerly served on the board of Sunoco, Inc. Ms. Chang Britt brings to the Board a deep knowledge of the consumer packaged goods category, and extensive executive experience. 

Anthony DiNovi

Mr. DiNovi is Co-President of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. Mr. DiNovi joined THL in 1988. Mr. DiNovi is currently a director of West Corporation. Mr. DiNovi was selected as a director because of his experience addressing financial, strategic and operating issues as a senior executive of a financial services firm and as a director of several companies in various industries. 

Michael Hines

Mr. Hines served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., a sporting goods retailer, from 1995 to 2007. From 1990 to 1995, he held management positions with Staples, Inc., an office products retailer, most recently as Vice President, Finance. Mr. Hines spent 12 years in public accounting, the last eight years with the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Hines is also a director of GNC Holdings, Inc. and of The TJX Companies, Inc. Mr. Hines’ experience as a financial executive and certified public accountant provides him with expertise in the retail industry, including accounting, controls, financial reporting, tax, finance, risk management and financial management. 

Mark Nunnelly

Mr. Nunnelly currently serves as Special Advisor to the Governor and Executive Director of MassIT, the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology. Previously, Mr. Nunnelly was Commissioner of the Department of Revenue for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and prior to that was a Managing Director at Bain Capital Partners, LLC (“Bain Capital”) until 2014. Prior to joining Bain Capital in 1989, Mr. Nunnelly was a Partner at Bain & Company, with experience in the domestic, Asian and European strategy practices. Previously, Mr. Nunnelly worked at Procter & Gamble in product management. Mr. Nunnelly serves on the board of directors of Genpact, Inc., as well as several not-for-profit corporations, and formerly served on numerous public and private boards, including Domino’s Pizza, Inc., Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. and Warner Music Group Corp. Mr. Nunnelly brings significant experience in product and brand management, as well as service on the boards of other public companies, including companies in the quick service restaurant business, to the Board. 

Carl Sparks

Mr. Sparks previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Academic Partnerships, one of the leading companies in helping public universities migrate to online student recruitment and course delivery. Prior to that role, Mr. Sparks served as the Chief Executive Officer of Travelocity Global, one of the leading companies in online travel, and a division of Sabre Inc., from April 2011 through April 2014. Prior to joining Travelocity, he served as President of Gilt Groupe, an invitation-only online retailer of luxury products and experiences. Mr. Sparks joined Gilt as Chief Marketing Officer in October 2009 and was promoted to President in March 2010, serving in that role until April 2011, when he joined Travelocity. Mr. Sparks also served for five years at Expedia Inc., an online travel company, from June 2004 until October 2009, in a variety of leadership roles, including Senior Vice President, Marketing and Retail Operations at from June 2004 to May 2006, Chief Marketing Officer at from June 2006 to December 2007, and General Manager at USA, Latin America & Canada from January 2008 to October 2009. Mr. Sparks is currently a director of Avis Budget Group, Inc., and previously served as a director of Vonage Holdings Corp. Mr. Sparks brings expertise in digital marketing, brand management, as well as executive experience, to the Board.

Roland Smith

Mr. Smith most recently served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Office Depot, Inc., a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace, from November 2013 until February 2017. Prior to joining Office Depot, Mr. Smith served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize America, LLC, the U.S. division of Delhaize Group, and Executive Vice President of Delhaize Group, an international food retailer, from October 2012 to September 2013. Mr. Smith was a Special Advisor to The Wendy’s Company, a restaurant owner, operator and franchisor, from September 2011 to December 2011, served as President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2011 to September 2011. Mr. Smith served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Wendy’s International, Inc. from September 2008 to July 2011. Mr. Smith also served as Chief Executive Officer of Triarc Companies, Inc. from June 2007 to July 2011, and the Chief Executive Officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., a restaurant owner, operator and franchisor, from April 2006 to September 2008. Mr. Smith currently serves as a director of Carmike Cinemas, Inc.’s and previously served as Director and Chairman of the Board of Office Depot. 

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