4FINGERS names former Dairy Queen exec as CEO

4FINGERS has appointed Dave Acton as CEO who previously moved to Singapore in 2012 to establish Dairy Queen's regional office across Southeast Asia and China, during which he was responsible for more than 1,500 locations. He replaces Steen Puggaard who moved on to pursue other ventures earlier this year.

Before coming to Singapore, Acton managed area operations in Eastern Ontario, Canada, before rising up to area vice president and overseeing 700 stores in Canada. Acton began his career in Pizza Hut in Canada, where he was involved in the Pepsico rebrand into Tricon Global Restaurants, which later evolved into Yum Brands. He has more than 30 years of experience and took a gap year in 2017.

“I couldn’t be happier to be involved with the team that’s grown the brand from an idea to 30 restaurants with loyal guests in 5 countries. The passion for product from our customers and the crew is amazing, and the future is truly exciting to me," Acton said.

Meanwhile, Vijay Sethu, director of 4FINGERS, said Acton's proven capabilities and experience in F&G globally is aligned to the company's vision of growing 4FINGERS. "We’re delighted to have him onboard, and look forward to Dave’s fresh perspective to continue fueling our growth," he added.

Acton is the latest appointment to a growing leadership team as 4FINGERS announced its latest board members in recent months - advertising veteran Linda Locke as well as F&B experts Rohan St. George and Davy Wee.

Last month, 4FINGERS acquired a 50% stake in Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill (Mad Mex), an Australian Mexican QSR brand. The move marks 4FINGERS’ first step towards its aggregation of high quality complementary portfolio of food & beverage concepts with global scalability.