Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has appointed Tony Thompson, 47, as its new president and CEO, effective June 1, replacing James Morgan, 66, who will continue to serve the company full-time as executive chairman.
Thompson joins the company from Papa John’s International where he most recently served as president and chief operating officer. According to a news release, Thompson has more than 25 years of foodservice, grocery products and beverage experience. At Papa John’s, he previously held the positions of EVP, Global Operations; EVP, North American Operations; SVP, PJ Food Service; and VP, QCC Operations.
Prior to joining Papa John’s in 2006, 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.
"Tony’s background, accomplishments, professionalism and commitment to excellence all are a perfect complement to the culture, mission and values of Krispy Kreme. I am confident that Tony is the ideal leader to guide our company to even greater success in the coming years and, personally, I am greatly looking forward to working with him," Morgan said in the release.