A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. (A&W) has announced its chief financial officer Don Leslie announced his plans to retire next year.
“It is been my pleasure and privilege to serve as CFO for A&W and be part of the company’s transformation to the fifth largest restaurant brand in Canada,” said Leslie, who will remain with A&W through June 2021 to ensure a smooth transition. “Looking ahead, A&W’s strong financial position, focus on strategy, and its talented and dedicated employees, franchisees, and suppliers make me confident of A&W’s continued success.”
Kelly Blankstein, has been appointed as Leslie’s replacement effective November 3, 2020.
“I would like to congratulate Don on his retirement and thank him for his contribution to our business over the years. Kelly is a talented financial leader whose broad experience will be a tremendous asset to our business as we continue to grow our brand across Canada,” said Susan Senecal, president and CEO of A&W.
Blankstein brings two decades of finance, risk management, and corporate strategy experience, most recently with Cadillac Fairview Corporation where she is currently the corporate controller responsible for the financial oversight of the western Canada portfolio of properties. She is a chartered professional accountant and holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and science from Simon Fraser University.