Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has announced the appointment of Ginger Gregory as senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

She will join the Dunkin' Brands executive leadership team and will report directly to CEO Nigel Travis.

In her new role at Dunkin' Brands, Gregory will be responsible for global employee recruitment, training, compensation, benefits and organizational development.

She also will serve as co-chair of Dunkin' Donuts' People's Subcommittee where she will lead the creation of tools and programs designed to attract, hire, train and develop restaurant managers and crewmembers.

"At Dunkin' Brands, our goal is to offer an exceptional customer experience at our restaurants around the world, and that will only happen if we hire, develop and retain the best employees in the quick service restaurant industry," Travis said. "With her executive leadership skills and her passion for organizational development, Ginger is eminently qualified to help us achieve that goal and, as a result, drive the global growth of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins."

Gregory joins Dunkin' Brands from Novartis International AG, a multibillion-dollar healthcare solutions company, where she led a global team of human resources professionals. In that position, she was responsible for global staffing, talent management and field human resources, and served as a member of the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Executive Committee.

Prior to Novartis, Gregory held leadership positions at Novo Nordisk where she served as senior vice president, Corporate People & Organization, at the company's global headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of human resources generalist and specialist positions at Bristol Myers Squibb and served as consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton.

"I am delighted to be joining Dunkin' Brands, a company with two of the world's best-loved brands and one of the premier franchising concepts in the world," Gregory said. "I look forward to working with the company leadership and our franchisee community to attract and retain great talent for Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants around the world."

Gregory received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, a master of arts in philosophy, and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the George Washington University, where she also served as a lecturer in psychology, research assistant and graduate teaching fellow.

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