Les Karel - Executive Vice President of Equipment Solutions
A proven supply chain leader with 25 years of leadership experience serving corporate, franchise, multi-brand, and high growth foodservice organizations, Les Karel serves as the Executive Vice President, Equipment Solutions at National DCP (NDCP), the $2 billion supply chain management company serving the franchises of Dunkin’. In this role, he is responsible for comprehensive services related to providing the Dunkin’ franchise network with equipment and appliance supply, repair and maintenance services, logistics and consolidation services, as well as remodel and new construction management services.
Most recently, Karel served as a business consultant where he led the development of an indirect sourcing transformation roadmap for a large-scale national restaurant chain. Previous roles include serving as Senior Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Distribution Management for ARCOP, Inc., the Arby’s supply chain cooperative; President of the Strategic Sourcing Group Co-Op, which leveraged spend and support for 10,000 Wendy’s and Arby’s locations; and Vice President, Capital Equipment Purchasing for Arby’s, Inc. He also held leadership roles with Darden Restaurants, Inc., and Boston Market Corporation. Karel also serves as a Board Member Elect for Taco John’s International, Inc.
He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida with a BS in Finance and completed graduate coursework towards an MBA.