Krispy Kreme Doughnuts announced that Dan Beem has been named senior vice president of the company and president — International, effective later this month.

Beem, age 44, will report to president and CEO Jim Morgan, and will be responsible for the company's international franchise business segment. He succeeds Jeff Welch, who has left the company, according to a news release.

Beem has over 20 years' experience in the restaurant industry, most recently serving 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 3,000-plus stores worldwide. 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.

"We are truly delighted to have Dan join our team," Morgan said. "His extensive restaurant experience and superb international track record make him an ideal fit to lead our ongoing international expansion and development efforts. We are also appreciative of Jeff Welch's many years of service to Krispy Kreme and wish him well."

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