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.

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