As Duck Donuts anticipates opening 40 domestic and eight international doughnut shops in 2022, the company announced the appointment of several hires, including Eric Lavinder as chief development officer.
The newly created role of chief development officer will oversee the company’s business development strategy through franchise sales and licensing, real estate and construction teams. Lavinder has more than 20 years’ experience with rapidly expanding fast-casual franchises, most recently working as chief development officer for WOWorks, the holding company to brands such as Saladworks, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and The Simple Greek.
Mechanicsburg-based Duck Donuts also named Alyssa Martin to the new job of creative director and Brigid Bink as digital marketing director, a new position as well.
Martin has worked for various food brands including Hershey Creamery, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts and Auntie Anne’s. Bink comes to Duck Donuts from Honeygrow Restaurant Group.
“As we prepare for explosive growth and look to set ourselves up for a successful year, Duck Donuts has been focused on having the right strategy, structure and people in place,” Betsy Hamm, Duck Donuts CEO, said in a release.
The company, which opened in 2007 in the North Carolina beach resort towns of Duck and Kitty Hawk, operates one international and 106 U.S. franchise locations across 22 states.