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Krispy Kreme has announced the appointment of Jamie Dunning as its new president and managing director for the UK and Ireland.

Dunning will take over from Richard Cheshire, who recently took the decision to step down from his role as Krispy Kreme’s UK & Ireland CEO after nearly 20 years of working in leadership roles at the company.

The new president and MD previously held the same roles at Mars Retail Group, where he “oversaw a transformation in the fortunes of the business and its associated brands, coming in at turnaround phase, and taking it to a phase of transformative accelerated growth”, according to Krispy Kreme.

Dunning will be responsible for building on Cheshire’s legacy, the company said, with the appointment coming at “an exciting stage of Krispy Kreme’s journey in the UK and Ireland” as the doughnut giant looks to maintain the “strong growth” of the past five years.

“We are delighted to have been able to appoint Jamie to head up Krispy Kreme in the UK & Ireland,” said Josh Charlesworth, global president & chief operating officer of Krispy Kreme. “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,” Charlesworth added.

Dunning, who will begin work in his new role on 25 July, said he “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,” he added.

Cheshire, who is expected to set up his business after taking some time off, thanked everyone he has worked with at the company over the last 20 years. “This year was, for many reasons, for me the right time to handover,” he said.

“I welcome Jamie as the new president and managing director. He is clearly a special talent and wish him and his leadership team all the very best for the future. It is exciting now to be a fan, and I look forward to the next chapter under Jamie’s leadership,” Cheshire added.