VANCOUVER, WASH. — Weldon Spangler has been named chief executive officer and director of Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc., effective July 17. He will succeed Jean Birch, interim c.e.o., who will remain as chair of the board of directors. The company’s previous c.e.o., Ken Calwell, resigned in January.
Mr. Spangler joins Papa Murphy’s after spending seven years with Dunkin’ Brands Group, most recently as senior vice-president of Baskin-Robbins U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Prior to this role, Mr. Spangler spent five years working on the Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada business, first as a regional vice-president and then as vice-president of operations. Prior to Dunkin Brands, he held significant leadership roles at Starbucks Corp. and Yum! Brands.
“Papa Murphy’s offers a unique, high quality product that customers love,” Mr. Spangler said. “With a focus on the success of our franchisees, Papa Murphy’s has significant opportunity to grow and thrive, and I am excited to begin partnering with the entire organization to enhance long term shareholder value.”Papa Murphy’s also announced that Mark Hutchens has been promoted to executive vice-president. He will retain his title of chief financial officer. Before joining Papa Murphy’s in January 2014, Mr. Hutchens was c.f.o., business development/supply chain, at Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. and earlier held senior vice-president positions in finance at Office Depot.