The DD Independent Franchise Owners Group, (DDIFO)which represents the largest association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the U.S., has named Jim Coen, a member of the DDIFO Board of Directors, as its acting President and Chief Operating Officer. He takes over December 1, 2008 from Mark Dubinsky who has tendered his resignation after two yeas as DDIFO President.

Mr. Coen is Executive Director of the New England Franchise Association and founder of Franchise Perfection. He has been a director of and the Clerk for the DDIFO board since May, 2008.

In his interim role as acting president Coen will continue DDIFO efforts to support all franchisees. “I thank the board for the confidence they have placed in me, I look forward to working with the Board and the members. DDIFO has incredible opportunities to support existing members, implement it’s mission, grow membership and improve the organization’s capabilities,” said Coen.

“We are pleased to have Jim Coen assume the role of President of our organization,” says Kevin McCarthy, Chairman of the DDIFO board. “This is a critical time for franchisees because of the economic uncertainty. The DDIFO board is confident that Jim’s experience and skills will serve members well during this transitional period. We are also grateful to Mark Dubinsky for all he did on behalf of the DDIFO and wish him continued success in his business endeavors.”

Dubinsky says, “I have been honored to serve as DDIFO president and am gratified by the many successes we enjoyed over the past two years, including the passing of the Rhode Island Fair Dealership Act and the addition of new, valuable business services for our members.”

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