German Doner Kebab (GDK) has appointed Dr Thorsk Westphal as chief marketing officer to support the kebab brand’s plans to open 106 restaurants globally during 2022.

Prior to his arrival at the fast-casual brand, Thorsk has had 20 years of experience in senior marketing roles at Yum! Restaurants International, Reckitt Benckiser and L’Oréal. At Yum! Restaurants International, he played a key role in driving the growth of KFC in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark.

GDK now has over 130 restaurants worldwide.

Imran Sayeed, CEO of GDK International, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Thorsk to the GDK family.

“He has consistently delivered commercial results throughout his career and has experience driving growth in the food and beverage industry.

“He will be instrumental in our international expansion plans having worked across the world and will further reinforce GDK as a game-changing brand.”

Dr Thorsk Westphal said: “I am thrilled to be joining German Doner Kebab in my new position as chief marketing officer.

“GDK’s global ambitions perfectly aligns with the type of scale-up work that I really enjoy carrying out.

“I cannot wait to get started and help push the brand to the forefront of the global market as the fast-casual brand of the future.”