BURGER KING CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN

John Dasburg Departs for Cargo Carrier DHL Airways

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CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Burger King corp. yesterday announced the resignation of its chairman, John Dasburg.

Mr. Dasburg, 60, left the No. 2 burger chain to become chairman-CEO of DHL Airways, the cargo carrier for DHL Worldwide Express, Burger King said. DHL is majority-owned by Deutsche Post World Net.

Departure expected
Mr. Dasburg joined the chain as

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chairman, CEO and president after a decade as CEO of Northwest Airlines. His departure has been expected following the sale of Burger King by spirits giant Diageo to a private equity consortium led by Texas Pacific Group.

In December, Burger King named Bradley Blum CEO and a month later named Robert Nilsen president. Last month, the company also announced Chris Clouser, executive vice president and global chief marketing officer and president of Burger King Brands, would retire May 1. Mr. Clouser, also a former Northwest executive, and Mr. Dasburg had led the Burger King's sale process.

Position kept open
In a statement Burger King said the position of chairman will be kept open and addressed at the company's April board meeting. "We anticipate naming a new chairman in the near future," the company said.

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