McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Flynn Dekker as the CEO of Bonchon Franchise, LLC, a holding of VIG Partners, Korea’s leading buy-out fund. Bonchon was in need of a CEO who would be able to expertly lead one of the fastest growing global restaurant brands specializing in Korean-style fried chicken and Asian fusion dishes.
“It was our honor to serve VIG Partners out of Korea, and their portfolio company, Bonchon. Bonchon is an exciting Korean fried chicken brand that is rapidly expanding both globally and here in the US, and the addition of a global CEO is critical as they look to strategically grow,” stated Chris Bull, McDermott + Bull Managing Partner.
Flynn will guide the ambitious expansion of Bonchon’s U.S. franchise operations, while also providing influence and oversight of global franchising agreements, including transformational initiatives to drive a culture of performance and operational excellence throughout the organization.
Flynn’s extensive experience as a Chief Marketing Officer for food service companies such as Wingstop, RAVE Restaurant Group, and Fogo de Chão made him an exceptional choice for this role. “Flynn brings a wealth of industry experience as well as a strong vision for growth. He will be an ideal leader to help the Bonchon brand grow while also building a strong and healthy culture in the organization, ” stated McDermott + Bull Partner, Jeff Black.
Today, with 80+ U.S. stores (20+ in development) and 300+ stores internationally, Bonchon has traveled from Busan, South Korea to become the internationally loved brand it is today. After the success of Bonchon in the coastal city of Busan in 2002, the brand quickly expanded world wide and word of mouth alone has helped them expand across 91 locations throughout America.