Management Team

The senior management team is responsible for implementing strategy and overseeing the day to day operation of the company.

They are:

Corporate
Russel Creedy
Group Chief Executive Officer

As the Group Chief Executive Officer, Russel is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and management of Restaurant Brands’ operations across New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii.  Russel joined Restaurant Brands in 2001 as Supply Chain Manager before becoming General Manager for Pizza Hut in New Zealand in 2004.  In 2007 Russel was appointed as Restaurant Brands’ Chief Executive Officer.
 
Prior to joining Restaurant Brands, Russel held a number of sales and operational roles in manufacturing and logistics operations in South Africa and New Zealand.  Russel has BSc (Chem) and MBA.
Grant Ellis
Group Chief Financial Officer

Grant has been the Chief Financial Officer for Restaurant Brands since its listing in 1997. He is responsible for the finance, treasury, investor relations and company secretarial functions within Restaurant Brands.
 
Prior to joining Restaurant Brands, Grant held a number of senior finance roles in other New Zealand public companies. Grant has a BCom (Accounting) and MBA from Auckland University. He is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and currently serves as a councillor on its main governing body.
 

Arif Khan
Group Chief Operations Officer

Jennifer Buddle
Group Chief People Officer
 

New Zealand Division

Ian Letele
Chief Executive Officer - New Zealand

As the Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands' NZ operations, Ian is responsible for the leadership fo the Restaurant Brands NZ portfolio.  Ian joined Restaurant Brands in 2016 as the General Manager for Carl's Jr. in New Zealand and was appointed Chief Executive Officer - New Zealand in 2017.

Prior to joining Restaurant Brands, Ian spent more than 25 years in a number of senior executive roles in the travel retail and QSR markets in Asia.  Ian has a MBA.

Ian's Senior Leadership Team:

Herman Pretorius
Chief Financial Officer

Deidre Gourlay
General Manager Development and Property

Noel Thomson
General Manager Supply and Quality

Geraldine Oldham
General Manager Sales and Marketing

Geoff Holton
General Manager Information Systems

Roanna Hay
Human Resources Director
 

Australian Division

Ashley Jones
Chief Executive Officer - Australia

Ashley joined what is now Restaurant Brand's Australian subsidiary, QSR Pty Ltd in 2007 as a Financial Controller after migrating from the UK with his family.  Ashley became the CFO of QSR in 2009 and was appointed as Chief Executive Offier - Australia in 2018.

Ashley has a wealth of financial and commercial experience working in the retail, manufacturing, IT and service industries and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Ashley's Senior Leadership Team:

David Browne
Chief Financial Officer

Paul Meischke
Chief Operations Officer

Emma Jones
General Manager People and Performance

Gino Gigliotti
General Manager Property and Development
 

Hawaiian Division

Kevin Kurihara
Chief Executive Officer - Hawaii

Kevin joined what is now Restaurant Brands' Hawaiian subsidiary, TD Food Group Inc. in 1996 as CFO and has served as the company's Chief Executive Officer since 2016.  Prior to joining the company, Kevin was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hawaii and California.

Kevin has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Hawaii, performed post-graduate studies in accounting and management at the University of Hawaii and participated in Jardine's Executive Development Program.  Kevin is active in a number of community organisations and currently serves as President of Kahala Kua Community Association.

Kevin's Senior Leadership Team:

Brent Matsumoto
Chief Financial Officer

Leah Allen
Director of Marketing

David Char
Pizza Hut Concept Manager

Carol Graff
Director of Human Resources

Eric Lee
Taco Bell Concept Manager

Lawton Nakata
Director of IT