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Ellie Doty, a longtime restaurant marketer with roots in the fast food and casual dining worlds, has joined Burger King as its new CMO in North America.Doty, most recently CMO at Chili’s Grill and Bar, is “the perfect fit” for BK, said Chris Finazzo, president, BK North America, who cited her “deep industry experience and proven track record as an innovative leader.”Doty takes on the role later this summer from the brand’s Miami headquarters, becoming its first chief marketing officer in the region under global CMO Fernando Machado.“We’re really happy to have someone of Ellie’s caliber join the team in such a critical position in our largest market,” said Machado, a decorated exec and two-time Adweek Brand Genius winner.  BK noted Doty’s expertise in global brand strategy, digital guest experiences, advertising and media and data-driven insights, among other CV high points, in its announcement Friday.For the past three years, Doty has worked for Brinker International, the parent company of Chili’s. Before that, she spent more than a decade at Yum Brands’ Long John Silver’s, Taco Bell and KFC in the U.S. and Canada.Her BK gig will include a range of duties, including guest insights, media, advertising and social media.BK has been an aggressive marketer during the coronavirus pandemic, latching onto several hot trends du jour. The brand launched an automotive AI-based promo recently, dubbed “Autopilot Whopper,” claiming those high-end self-driving cars “know what you crave,” on the heels of a TikTok campaign that asked consumers to dance for their dinner.While rolling out the Impossible Croissan’wich nationally as a follow-up to its massively successful 2019 debut of the Impossible Whopper, the brand has loaded up on industry awards for its Moldy Whopper work.“During these unprecedented times, the Burger King brand has consistently met its guests with compassion, agility and creativity,” Doty said in a statement. “I am so proud to have the opportunity to lead this best-in-class marketing team as we all adjust to and define the next chapter of brand innovation.”

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