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.
Mr. Cooper has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since April 2015. He joined Krispy Kreme in January 2015 as Executive Vice President. Mr. Cooper has over 15 years of restaurant industry experience. Prior to joining Krispy Kreme, Mr. Cooper was employed by Texas Roadhouse, Inc. from 2006 to 2015, serving as Chief Financial Officer from August 2011 to January 2015. For approximately eight years before joining Texas Roadhouse, Mr. Cooper held various financial and accounting positions at Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Before working in the restaurant industry, Mr. Cooper worked in public accounting for over five years, serving a variety of clients in the financial, construction, retail, and other industries.
Ms. Allred has served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Organizational Development since May 2014. She served as Vice President – Corporate Human Resources and Training from March 2008 to May 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Allred served as Human Resources Director from November 2006 to March 2008. Ms. Allred joined Krispy Kreme in March 2002 as Human Resources Manager, and served in that capacity until March 2005 when she briefly left Krispy Kreme and was Human Resources Manager at Polo Ralph Lauren. She rejoined Krispy Kreme as Director of Training in October 2005. Prior to joining Krispy Kreme, she served in recruitment and human resources management positions at LifeStyle Furnishings International and American Technical Resources. Through these different company assignments, Ms. Allred developed expertise in recruitment, training and organizational development.
Mr. Beem has served as Senior Vice President of the Company and President – International since February 2014. Mr. Beem has over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant industry. He most recently served as President of Cold Stone Creamery and Kahala Corp. International, where he directed all international development, operations and franchise development for Kahala’s 14 brands and over 3,000 stores worldwide, including over 1,500 Cold Stone Creamery locations in 25 countries. Prior to joining Cold Stone in 2003, he held executive and management positions with Planet Hollywood, T.G.I. Fridays, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and NASCAR.
Mr. Ellcessor was retained in August 2015 to serve as the interim General Counsel and Secretary of Krispy Kreme. Mr. Ellcessor is currently a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC, which he joined in 2003. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd LLC, Mr. Ellcessor was with The J. M. Smucker Company where he served in multiple executive officer capacities from 1986 to 2003, including chief financial officer (2002-2003), general counsel (1986-2002), vice president-finance and administration (1999-2003), vice president-administration (1996-1999), and secretary (1986-2003).
Mr. Kuharcik has served as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations since August 2015. He joined Krispy Kreme from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, where he most recently served as Vice President, Global Supply Chain, with responsibility for over 45 manufacturing plants and 12 distributions centers globally. At the Scotts Company, he previously held the positions of Vice President, Global Operations and Engineering; Vice President, North American Manufacturing; Director of Lawns, Controls, and Pro Operations; Plant Manager, Marysville Operations; and Plant Manager, Milpitas Professional Operations. Before joining the Scotts Company in 2001, Mr. Kuharcik spent seven years in the specialty chemical industry at National Starch and Chemical Company and Rohm and Haas. Mr. Kuharcik has a degree in chemical engineering and an extensive operations background, which includes more than 20 years of experience in supply chain.