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You can contact Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.'s Board of Directors to provide comments, to report concerns, or to ask a question, at the following address.

Corporate Secretary
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.
P.O. Box 83
Winston-Salem, NC 27102
United States

You may submit your concern anonymously or confidentially by postal mail. You may also indicate whether you are a shareholder, customer, supplier, or other interested party.

Communications are distributed to the Board, or to any individual directors as appropriate, depending on the facts and circumstances outlined in the communication. In that regard, the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. board of directors has requested that certain items which are unrelated to the duties and responsibilities of the board should be excluded, such as:

  • Product complaints
  • Product inquiries
  • New product suggestions
  • Resumes and other forms of job inquiries
  • Surveys
  • Business solicitations or advertisements

In addition, material that is unduly hostile, threatening, illegal or similarly unsuitable will be excluded, with the provision that any communication that is filtered out must be made available to any non-management director upon request.

Tim E. Bentsen , ,

Mr. Bentsen is a former audit partner and practice leader of KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm. Over his 37 years with KPMG, he served as an audit partner for financial, technology, and other public companies and served in a variety of leadership roles, including Southeast Area Managing Partner and Atlanta office Managing Partner. Mr. Bentsen also served on national leadership teams for the financial services and audit practice as well as on the firm’s national Operations Committee. He is a faculty member at the J.M. Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia and an independent member of the Board of Trustees of Ridgeworth Funds, a mutual fund complex.

Other Directorships: Director of Synovus Financial Corp. since 2014.

Charles A. Blixt , ,

Mr. Blixt served as Krispy Kreme’s General Counsel on an interim basis from September 2006 until April 2007; Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Reynolds American Inc., a company formed in 2004 by the merger of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings and the U.S. operations of British American Tobacco PLC, from 2004 to 2006; and Executive Vice President and General Counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company from 1995 to 2004.

Mr. Blixt’s experience as General Counsel to Krispy Kreme was at a critical period for the Company, and it provided him with a thorough understanding of Krispy Kreme’s business, values, and culture, as well as a deep understanding of the issues and complexities involved in its business units. Mr. Blixt brings to Krispy Kreme many years of experience as the chief legal officer and a member of the executive management team of Reynolds American and R.J. Reynolds. During that time, he was directly involved with and oversaw significant litigation matters, strategic acquisitions, and the merger of R.J. Reynolds and British American Tobacco. As a result, Mr. Blixt brings executive decision making, analytical, strategic change, and risk-assessment skills to Krispy Kreme, as well as unique insights into the Company’s challenges, opportunities and operations. Additionally, Mr. Blixt brings governance and community service skills and experience to the Board of Directors through his experience as a member of the Board of Trustees of Salem Academy and College.

Other Directorships: Director of Targacept, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, since 2000. Mr. Blixt also served on the Board of Directors of Swedish Match AB, a global tobacco company based in Stockholm, Sweden, from 2007 to 2011.

Lynn Crump-Caine , ,

Ms. Crump-Caine served as Chief Executive Officer of OutsideIn Consulting, an organizational performance and strategy development consulting firm, since 2004; Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations of McDonald’s Corporation from 2001 to 2004; and Executive Vice President of U.S. Restaurant Operations and Systems of McDonald’s from 1999 to 2001.

Ms. Crump-Caine brings to Krispy Kreme extensive experience in the quick-service restaurant industry through her long employment and executive tenure at McDonald’s. As Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations of McDonald’s, Ms. Crump-Caine directed global operations departments responsible for standards and consistency of operations for restaurants around the world. Her tenure at McDonald’s also included experience with, and responsibility for, global supply chain, restaurant training, real estate development, and innovation worldwide. Ms. Crump-Caine’s 30 years of business experience in the restaurant industry, together with specific expertise in operations and franchising, provides the Krispy Kreme Board with valuable perspective regarding other quick-service restaurant operations, internationally and domestically, and the relevant risks, challenges and opportunities facing Krispy Kreme and the industry as a whole.

Other Directorships: Director and immediate past Chair of Advocate Healthcare System, the largest healthcare provider in the State of Illinois with over 200 sites of care, since 2003; Director of G&K Services, a market leader in branded-identity apparel programs and facility services, since 2008.

Carl E. Lee , , Jr. ,

Mr. Lee has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc., a creator and marketer of snack foods in the United States and internationally, since May 2013, and previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Snyder’s of Hanover, Inc. from 2005 until the merger of Snyder’s with Lance, Inc. in December 2010. Prior to joining Snyder’s, Mr. Lee worked for Nabisco, where he led their South American business, served as President of their Caricam Region and their Southern Cone Region, and also led Nabisco’s Global Export business covering 95 countries. From 1986 until 1997, Mr. Lee held various sales and marketing positions with Frito-Lay, Inc., including Vice President and General Manager for Frito-Lay Southeast Region and managing sales for Frito-Lay Europe.

Other Directorships: Director of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. since 2010.

C. Stephen Lynn , ,

Mr. Lynn has served since January 2012 as founder and managing partner of RP3, LLC, a consulting and mergers and acquisitions firm focusing on franchising and restaurant chains. From 2009 to August 2012, Mr. Lynn was Chairman of the Board of Directors of BBAC, LLC, an investment partnership that privately held Back Yard Burgers, Inc., a quick service restaurant chain. Mr. Lynn was Chief Executive Officer of Back Yard Burgers, Inc. from 2007 to 2010 and was a Director from 2005 to August 2012. Additionally, Mr. Lynn has served as Chairman of Cummings Incorporated, a fully integrated provider of branding services to national and regional accounts, from 1999 to 2011; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shoney’s, Inc. from 1995 to 1998; and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sonic Corporation from 1983 to 1995. Mr. Lynn began his franchising experience as Director of the Distribution Division at Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation from 1973 to 1978. Mr. Lynn brings strong leadership, franchising, strategic-planning, and business-development skills to the Krispy Kreme Board through his vast experience in the quick-service and casual/family-dining restaurant segments of the industry. His executive positions at Sonic, Shoney’s, and Back Yard Burgers provide franchising, business-development, and risk-assessment and management skills that are directly applicable to Krispy Kreme’s business. Mr. Lynn has been recognized as an authority in franchising and was the 1993 Chairman of the International Franchise Association (IFA), a membership organization of franchisors, franchisees, and suppliers. He was inducted into the IFA’s Hall of Fame in 1997. Mr. Lynn’s experience as a leader in the franchising community is valuable to Krispy Kreme’s domestic and international franchising and growth strategies. Mr. Lynn is active in, and brings experience from, many community and civic organizations through his service on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Tech University Foundation, and The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Other Directorships: Mr. Lynn served on the Board of Directors of Back Yard Burgers, Inc. from 2005 to 2012, as Chairman of BBAC, LLC from 2009 to 2012, and as Chairman of Cummings Incorporated from 1999 to 2011.

Robert S. McCoy , , Jr. , , Lead Independent Director

Mr. McCoy retired in 2003 as Vice Chairman of Wachovia Corporation after spending two years co-managing the integration of Wachovia and First Union Corporation subsequent to their 2001 merger. From 1992 to 2001, he served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Wachovia Corporation; and from 1984 to 1992, he served as President and Chief Financial Officer of South Carolina National Corporation, which was acquired by Wachovia in 1992. Prior to that time, he had a 23-year career at Price Waterhouse, including as a partner from 1974 to 1984. Since retiring in 2003, Mr. McCoy has chaired the Audit Committee of two public companies, including Krispy Kreme.

Mr. McCoy brings to Krispy Kreme extensive leadership, risk-management, and financial experience gained in his 42-year business career, which included roles as an accountant and as the chief financial officer of two public bank holding companies. His experience in the financial services industry and roles involving integration, risk-management, finance, accounting matters, and preparation of financial statements serve as the basis for Mr. McCoy’s contributions to Krispy Kreme. Mr. McCoy’s financial and accounting expertise is invaluable in his role on the Board and as Chairman of Krispy Kreme’s Audit Committee. Mr. McCoy qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC guidelines.

Other Directorships: Director of MedCath Corporation, a cardiovascular services company, since 2003; Director of Group, Inc., a provider of website building tools, internet marketing and lead generation solutions, since 2007.

James H. Morgan , , , Chairman

Mr. Morgan has served as Chairman of the Board of Krispy Kreme since 2005. He served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Krispy Kreme from June 2014 to January 2015; Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to June 2014; President from 2008 to November 2011 and from April 2012 to June 2014; and Vice Chairman of the Board of Krispy Kreme from 2004 to 2005. Mr. Morgan joined Krispy Kreme's Board in 2000. Before joining Krispy Kreme as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008, Mr. Morgan served as Chairman of Covenant Capital, LLC, an investment management firm, from 2001 to 2008; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia Securities, Inc. from April to December 1999; and was employed by Interstate/Johnson Lane, an investment banking and brokerage firm, from 1990 to 1999 in various capacities, including as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and led the transition during the merger of Interstate/ Johnson Lane and Wachovia Corporation in 1999. With more than fourteen years of service on the Board, Mr. Morgan brings deep institutional knowledge and perspective regarding Krispy Kreme’s strengths, challenges and opportunities. He also brings extensive public company and financial services industry experience to Krispy Kreme’s Board. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia Securities and Interstate/Johnson Lane, he was indirectly responsible for major financial functions as well as ultimately responsible for enterprise risk-management. These prior leadership and oversight responsibilities are of great value to the Krispy Kreme Board. Mr. Morgan’s lifelong commitment to youth and education through his involvement with numerous civic and charitable organizations provides him with community involvement and leadership expertise. Mr. Morgan’s civic activities include his roles as Trustee of YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Director of Youth Commission International, past President of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association, and past member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.

Other Directorships: Director of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation’s second largest Coca-Cola bottler, since 2008.

Andrew J. Schindler , ,

Mr. Schindler served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc. from 1999 to 2004, and Executive Chairman of Reynolds American Inc., a company formed in 2004 by the merger of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings and the U.S. operations of British American Tobacco PLC, from 2004 to 2005. In over 31 years with Reynolds, Mr. Schindler held various senior management positions, including Vice President of Personnel, Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Director of Manufacturing for Nabisco Foods. Mr. Schindler retired from his executive position at Reynolds American Inc. in January 2005.

Through his experience as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, which included the negotiation of the merger of R.J. Reynolds and British American Tobacco, Mr. Schindler brings to the Krispy Kreme Board strong leadership, risk-management, marketing, operations, strategic-change, and personnel-development skills. Mr. Schindler qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC guidelines.

Other Directorships: Director of Hanesbrands Inc., a global consumer goods company, since 2006; Director of ConAgra Inc., a leading packaged food company, since 2007. Mr. Schindler also served on the Board of Directors of Arvin Meritor, Inc., a global automotive supply company, from 2004 to 2008, and Pike Electric Corporation, an energy solutions company, from 2006 to 2007.

Lizanne Thomas , ,

Ms. Thomas serves as the Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta office of Jones Day, and has been practicing corporate law since 1982. She heads Jones Day’s global corporate governance team. Ms. Thomas regularly advises clients with respect to public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate and securities compliance, disclosure and fiduciary issues, and executive compensation.

Ms. Thomas’ background as a legal adviser to public companies for over 30 years provides the Krispy Kreme Board with extensive securities regulation, corporate governance, and risk-management experience. Her experience in advising companies in the food industry and managing the 150-lawyer Atlanta office of Jones Day gives her valuable experience in managing operations, financial statement and profit and loss responsibility. Ms. Thomas has taught corporate governance, including a focus on audit committee responsibilities, in lectures and panel presentations for leading business organizations, companies, and universities throughout the world, which experience makes her qualified to Chair the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and be on the Audit Committee. Ms. Thomas also provides governance, audit, and community-service skills and experience gained through her past service as Trustee of Furman University, where she served as Chair of the Audit Committee, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Research Alliance, where she serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Other Directorships: None.

Tony Thompson , , , President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Thompson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since June 2014. He joined Krispy Kreme from Papa John’s International, Inc., where he most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer. At Papa John’s, he previously held the positions of Executive Vice President, Global Operations; Executive Vice President, North American Operations; Senior Vice President, PJ Food Service; and Vice President, QCC Operations. Prior to joining Papa John’s in 2006, Mr. Thompson worked for The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company for six years as Plant Manager, Director of Marysville Operations and Director of Lawn and Controls Operations. Before joining the Scotts Company, he spent four years with ConAgra Grocery Products Company and seven years in various roles with Gulf Coast Coca Cola. Mr. Thompson is a highly respected professional with more than 25 years of food service, grocery products and beverage experience.

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