Though she officially joined Burger King as global CMO nearly a year ago, Flavia Faugeres has worked with BK for months as a marketing consultant when the fast feeder conducted a creative agency review after seven years with CP&B. The job was more than a mere agency switch: It would shape the company's marketing strategy after a long period of decline.
Ms. Faugeres' challenges are not insignificant. Burger King in the U.S. was recently bested by Wendy's , which became the No. 2 burger chain. Overseas, Burger King is trying to expand at a time when chains such as McDonald's, Pizza Hut and KFC are doing the same.
Ms. Faugeres has since overseen a shift in marketing in the U.S., focusing more on product than the King character. BK changed course again in March, with ads featuring celebrities to promote its new menu. Its next set of ads could very well take another direction. The chain is set to go public once again, after a buyout from 3G Capital in 2010.
But Ms. Faugeres, a Brazilian native, has extensive global experience. She's worked for brewers AmBev and InBev (some A-B InBev directors are directors at 3G Capital) and Unilever. Just before joining BK, she was a consultant specializing in brand repositioning.
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