Canadian bakery chain Tim Hortons hires new chief finance and commercial officer

06/07/2017 - 09:57
Tim Hortons, the famed Canadian café and bake shop, has appointed Kevin Hydes as its new chief finance & commercial officer

Hydes, who joined at the start of July, will oversee business strategy, brand execution and development in Great Britain.

Tim Hortons opened its first British and European restaurant on Argyle Street in Glasgow, at the start of June.

Hydes is charged with delivering a concept that is unique to the UK market – namely one that places an equal emphasis on freshly-prepared food and on great value coffee. H

Hydes previously spent 11 years at Costa Coffee, overseeing the marketing function in the UK during a significant period of growth, winning Brand of the year in 2011 and becoming market leader in 2012. More recently in the role of international & brand development director he was responsible for managing and developing brand execution across both equity international markets in Poland, Singapore and France and for franchise operations across 26 markets in Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia.
 
Hydes said: “It’s not often you get the chance to help bring an international brand as exciting as Tim Hortons to the UK. The opportunity to lead and grow the business in a competitive market like Great Britain was too good to miss.”
 
Gopi Dhaliwal, COO Tim Hortons UK and Ireland added: “We’re delighted to have attracted someone of Kevin’s calibre to Tim Hortons. Kevin brings an enormous wealth of experience from his time at Costa Coffee, and his expertise of quickly scaling food and drink retail brands will be vital to our long-term ambitions in Great Britain.”

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