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Troy Bader to Take Over as CEO of Dairy Queen as Gainor Retires

Minneapolis-based International Queen, Inc. (IDQ), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., announced today that its current president and CEO, John Gainor, will retire on December 31, 2017. Troy Bader, chief operating officer, will take over on January 1, 2018 as Dairy Queen’s president and CEO.

As part of a discussion on talent development and succession planning with Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffet, the 60-year-old Gainor recommended Bader for the role of president and CEO of the franchising firm that oversees 6,700 Dairy Queen locations around the world.

“I have worked with Troy for most of his time at IDQ. His love of the brand, commitment to franchisee success, knowledge of the vendor community and concern for all IDQ employees is evident every day,” stated Gainor. “I am confident he will continue to lead the system toward positive growth and ongoing success.”

The incoming CEO currently serves as COO for Dairy Queen in Canada and the United States. Bader joined the franchising firm in 2001.

“I look forward to working with our world-wide team of dedicated employees, franchisees and vendors to grow the brand even further through the delivery of exceptional products, great service and memorable experiences for our fans throughout the world,” stated Bader.

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