WASHINGTON, D.C.—Stephen Caldeira, a public relations executive who most recently served as executive vice president of global communications and chief public affairs officer for Dunkin' Brands, has been named president and CEO of the International Franchise Association.
"As the franchising industry continues to work through a challenging economic and political climate, the search committee recognized that the IFA was going to need a passionate leader that had the strategic and tactical abilities to bridge the critical areas of public policy, communications and member services," says IFA chairman Ken Walker. "Steve’s unique blend of political, corporate, franchising, trade association and fundraising experience will further strengthen and facilitate IFA's mission to protect, enhance and promote franchising."
At Dunkin' Brands, Caldeira was in charge of worldwide communications for all internal and external audiences, as well as government affairs, corporate social responsibility, customer relations and the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation. Prior to joining Dunkin' Brands, he was co-founder, president and CEO of The Elliot Leadership Institute, vice president of industry relations for PepsiCo, and a managing director in the U.S. public affairs practice at Burson-Marsteller.