Restaurant Brands International promotes veterans Cil, Kobza

Restaurant Brands International (RBI) announced executive leadership changes at the Toronto-based restaurant company, which is the parent of Burger King, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Tim Hortons. Jose Cil has been promoted to chief executive officer after serving as Burger King president since 2014. Cil is a Burger King veteran who moved through the ranks and has overseen and driven revenue growth at the quick-service burger chain with over $20 billion in sales.

Cil’s responsibility for 17,000 Burger King restaurants served him well and was preparation for the new role. Also, Cil served in a regional management role at Walmart, according to, and earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in addition to a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University. Daniel Schwartz, who has been serving as CEO, is promoted to executive chairman of RBI, and will be spending several months with Cil to ensure his effective transition to the RBI CEO post.

RBI announced Jose Cil has been promoted to RBI CEO and Josh Kobza to COO.
RBI promotes Jose Cil, Josh Kobza to CEO, COO, respectively. Logo by RBI.

RBI also promoted Josh Kobza, a seven-year executive at RBI, to chief operating officer of RBI. He served as CFO from 2013 to 2017 and also as chief technology & development officer in 2018. Kobza was tapped to help secure the acquisition of Tim Hortons by RBI in 2014 and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in 2017, while developing the international relationships that spurred growth. As RBI COO, Kobza will continue to forge ahead with new international partnerships and oversee restaurant technology initiatives.

“I have great optimism for what I believe our team will achieve, and we are looking forward to sharing further details with the investment community later this year,” said Schwartz, RBI executive chairman. The promotions and leadership changes are effective immediately.

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