Key Executives Depart Restaurant Brands International


OAKVILLE, Ont. — The newly formed Restaurant Brands International, the multinational company representing Tim Hortons and Burger King, is now operating without three of its key executives.

Scott Bonikowsky, chief communication and corporate affairs officer, Mike Meilleur, president of Tim Hortons U.S., and Roland Walton, former president, Tim Hortons, have resigned.

Bonikowsky previously served as SVP, Corporate, Public & Government Affairs for Tim Hortons Inc., joining the company in 2007 as VP of Investor Relations. “It’s a great brand,” Bonikowsky told The Financial Post. “It’s a decision I made for personal reasons. I wish my former colleagues and [the] new ownership great success as I pursue new opportunities.”

Bonikowsky’s responsibilities will be covered by Alexandra Cygal, senior manager, Public Affairs and another Tim Hortons employee. Bonikowsky’s LinkedIn profile shows he is now the founder and managing partner at ReputationCorp, a company offering communications, public affairs, investor and public-relations services.

Meilleur was appointed EVP, Tim Hortons U.S.A. in August 2012. He joined Tim Hortons in 1994 as a restaurant manager. David Blackmore, former SVP of Operations Excellence, will be assuming Meilleur’s role.

Walton was named president of Tim Hortons Canada in 2012. He joined the company in 1997 as EVP of Operations and was appointed to COO, Canada in 2008.

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