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Restaurant Brands International Inc., the owner of the Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes brands, announced a management shakeup today, promoting José Cil to CEO.

Cil, an 18-year veteran of the Home of the Whopper, was president of the fast food brand since December 2014. He succeeds Daniel Schwartz, who is stepping aside after four years as CEO. Schwartz was named executive chairman, as well as co-chairman of Restaurant Brands’ board, alongside Alexandre Behring.

RBI also promoted Joshua Kobza to chief operating officer. Kobza, who was chief technology and development officer since the beginning of 2018 and was Restaurant Brands’ CFO before that, will continue to oversee global development and technology in his new role.

The management changes came amid positive fourth-quarter sales results. Restaurant Brands saw an increase in comparable sales across all three of its brands. The company also reported 5.5% in net restaurant growth for 2018.

Tina Hsu

Tina Hsu

Corporate Team Leader