Nil Naik joins the Döner Shack management team and brings with him more than 20 years of sales experience in franchise growth. He will collaborate closely with co-founder and managing director Sanjeev Sanghera and Suj Legha, CEO and multi-unit franchisee. Together, they will strengthen the brand internationally and aid in elevating Döner Shack to the position of top kebab franchise globally.
Nil served as the former UK and international franchise director for Chaiiwala, where he was in charge of overseeing the expansion of the UK franchise network, which included over 50 outlets, as well as locating potential markets abroad in more than 235 locations. Additionally, he has experience working with other successful food and beverage franchise brands, such as Coffee Republic, Domino’s Pizza Group UK & Ireland, and Papa John’s Pizza International.
“When I got introduced to Döner Shack, I knew immediately that I wanted to play a key role in its development and ambitious plans to scale up the business rapidly,” said Nil. “The brand stood out by a country mile, particularly with its strong financial business model, ethics and transparency policy with franchisees, and I recognised very quickly that it was the perfect fit. I truly believe Döner Shack will be a major player in the hospitality industry, and I’m really excited to be taking on the role of global franchise director, where I can help support the growth of the organisation globally.”
The first Döner Shack location launched in Leeds in 2019 with the most cutting-edge technology and best-tasting food. Since then, two more have opened in Manchester and Leicester, and business is expected to begin in Glasgow and London, in the autumn. The brand intends to expand after the success of these sites by opening 150 restaurants in the UK over the course of the next five years, as well as establishing a presence in the USA, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East during the same time period.
Sanjeev said: “Nil is a welcome addition to our management team, and with his wealth of franchise and sales experience, he will be a huge asset to the brand as we look to deliver the Döner Shack experience across the world. He has a natural ability to engage extremely well and build strong long-term relationships. This combined with his strong track record in securing agreements on a domestic and international scale means that Nil will be integral in helping us evolve into a multi-site franchise business on a global level.”
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