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Dairy Queen Announces Management Succession Plan

Longtime executive Bader to become the QSR’s president and CEO in 2018.

John Gainor will retire from his post as president and CEO of International Dairy Queen (IDQ) on Dec. 31, 2017. Troy Bader, the quick-serve restaurant’s current COO, will replace Gainor on Jan. 1, 2018.

Gainor joined IDQ in 2003 as chief supply chain officer. He was promoted to president and CEO in 2008.

Bader currently serves as COO for IDQ in the U.S. and Canada. He leads all IDQ core functions for the U.S. and Canadian businesses, including marketing, operations, franchise development and supply chain. Bader joined the company in 2001 and was promoted to COO in 2011.