Restaurant Brands International has named Burger King veteran Jose Cil as its new CEO, as part of a series of executive changes made on Wednesday. Cil will replace Daniel Schwartz, who will take on the role of executive chairman of RBI and co-chairman of the company’s board of directors.
“Daniel will remain deeply involved in the RBI business and will continue to focus on talent acquisition, capital allocation and major strategic initiatives,” the company said in a statement. “Accelerating the global growth of Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes will be a top priority for Jose in his new role, in addition to delivering an exceptional guest experience, increasing franchisee profitability and building the power of our restaurant brands with our guests.”
Schwartz was instrumental in the founding of Restaurant Brands International, bringing together Burger King, Tim Horton’s and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and was named CEO when the company formed in 2014. Cil had served 18 years with Burger King, and no replacement has yet been named for the role of president, which Cil held since 2014.
“We have three amazing brands, a talented team with an ownership mindset, and passionate, dedicated franchisees that I believe will help us accelerate our long-term growth around the world,” Cil said. “Profitable owners and happy guests are the bedrock of our business and I look forward to continuing to grow franchisee profitability and provide our guests an exceptional brand experience when they visit our restaurants.”