Ex-Dunkin’ Exec Joins Denny’s as CMO

Adweek reports that a week after splitting with Omnicom’s Goodby, Silverstein & Partners on its $60 million ad account, Denny’s has named Frances Allen chief marketing officer, an open position.

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Ambac Regulator Wins Support From Dunkin Brands on Plan

Jody Shenn of BusinessWeek reports that Ambac Financial Group Inc.’s regulator won support from Dunkin Brands Inc., Sonic Corp. and Hertz Corp. as he seeks to overcome objections from some of the insurer’s clients to his plan to rehabilitate the second-largest bond guarantor

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Policing Private Equity

The private equity business is one of a handful of segments of the financial markets that isn’t emerging as a major focus for reform among Washington policymakers. True, there has been some discussion about taxing the industry’s profits at a higher rate, which is moving forward in the House in a proposal by Senator Carl Levin and Senator Max Baucus. But compared with the historic bank regulation that the Senate passed on Thursday, private equity funds and their managers have escaped the populist storm relatively unscathed, even if they will spend much of the next five years trying to refinance hundreds of billions of dollars of debt in a more difficult environment.

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Judge Allows Fraud Claim Against Dunkin’ Brands and Others

Joseph Mallia of Newsday reports that a Nassau Supreme Court fraud claim against Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company, brought by an investment company partly owned by former Islander and Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine, will proceed after a judge’s ruling this week. DDIFO Members Read more…

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Financing Programs Aim to Help Franchisees

Emily Maltby reports in the Wall Street Journal that Arthur Romanov and Irina Salgan opened their sixth Edible Arrangements fruit-basket shop recently to take advantage of low real-estate prices and easy-to-negotiate contractor bids.

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How Franchisees Fire Franchisor CEOs and Boards

Don Sniegowski writes at BlueMauMau that Experts say that well organized franchisees can make profound changes in a franchisor’s behavior. Some have even been able to fire wayward CEOs, replace a franchisor’s board of directors, and spearhead a new strategy that lifts store profits and the brand.

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