President, Hut American Group
William M. Mitchell is currently the President of Hut American, Flynn Restaurant Group.
Bill is a seasoned, restaurant operations executive with nearly 30 years of U.S. and global franchising experience. Prior to joining Hut American, Flynn Restaurant Group, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Cici’s Pizza from June of 2018 through March of 2021. Responsible for 450 restaurants in 32 states, Bill served on the board of directors and was appointed interim CEO and subsequently CEO tasked with the turnaround of the brand prior to and through COVID19.
Prior to Cici’s Pizza, Bill served in a variety of leadership roles at Dunkin’ Brands, beginning in August of 2010. He was the President of Dunkin’ Brands International at Dunkin Brands Group, Inc. and Dunkin Donuts LLC, where he was responsible for nearly 8,500 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins restaurants located in more than 60 countries around the world. Bill is widely credited with overseeing the turnaround of Baskin-Robbins’ domestic performance while driving best-in-class operations and customer service.
Before joining Dunkin’ Brands, Bill spent a decade at Papa John’s International, where he served in multiple roles for the $3-billion-dollar, international company; including Senior V.P. of Domestic Operations, Division V.P., Operations V.P., President of Domestic Operations, and ultimately, as President of Global Operations.
Prior to his time at Papa John’s, Bill held various operations positions at a variety of other food service companies. As Senior Director of Franchise Operations at AFC Enterprise (Popeye’s Restaurants), he was responsible for the business planning and operation of 1,400 franchise locations. While there, he led the largest acquisition of 81 Hardee’s restaurants in Popeye’s 27-year history.
Earlier in his career, Bill served as V.P. of Operations with the RTM Restaurant Group, where he oversaw operations for Mrs. Winner’s restaurants in the Georgia region. He also held PepsiCo training and operations positions as part of the KFC National Management Team.
Before entering the restaurant industry, Bill proudly served in the United States Army. He received his Bachelor of Sciences degree from North Georgia College.
Currently, Bill resides in Louisville, Kentucky and enjoys spending his downtime with his family.