Roger and Lesley Gillespie opened the first Bakers Delight store in 1980 in Melbourne, Australia. They founded the business on the principle of real bakers creating Delight for customers through excellence in product, service, and environment. The group now operates nearly 700 franchised stores across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and US. The business is branded as COBS Bread in North America, with approximately 155 franchises in Canada and two in the US. While the business remains privately owned, there has been a formal board in place for a number of years. The Board is responsible to promote a strong, viable, and competitive company operating with honesty and integrity, and to supervise management to ensure the business and affairs of the company are conducted in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.
The Board is seeking two experienced business leaders in North America who will be able to contribute on a broad range of business issues and bring a strategic perspective, as well as play a role in creating a constructive boardroom style. They should understand the legal structure and dynamics associated with an international business that is family owned, and leadership transitioning to the second generation. Within this context, current priorities include: franchisor expertise in North America, high growth experience, a strategic business background and entrepreneurial mindset, ownership experience, and experience with mentoring next generation leadership.
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