The departure of Chris Clouser, executive vice president and global chief marketing officer and president of Burger King Brands, was widely expected after the company was sold in December to a consortium of private investors led by Texas Pacific Group from spirits giant Diageo.
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Mr. Clouser, 50, was brought into Burger King nearly 24 months ago to rapidly prepare the brand for sale. He brought in his own executives from his earlier marketing posts at Northwest Airlines and Sprint and replaced many of the company's advertising and marketing agencies. He has been a controversial figure, lauded and criticized by observers and franchisees for his unorthodox methods. Under Mr. Clouser, the marketing unit ushered in more than 20 new or relaunched products, including the signature Whopper sandwich, a veggie burger and a 99-cent value menu.
"In addition to his responsibilities leading the global marketing activities, he has been one of the key leaders of the executive team responsible for the successful sale of the company to achieve independence for the first time in 35 years. We thank Chris for his leadership and everything he has done to help set Burger King up for great future success," Mr. Blum said in a statement.
Mr. Clouser, who along with Chairman John Dasburg led the company's sale process, will advise Burger King's marketing through a transitional period.
"It has been my honor to work with great people on a great global brand like Burger King," Mr. Clouser said in the statement. "With the sale of the company now completed ... I believe that Burger King has the right leadership and right ownership to take the brand to the next level of success and achievement."