Tim Hortons parent Restaurant Brands International Inc. names new chief corporate officer

Duncan Fulton joins RBI as the company faces a number of issues.

Duncan Fulton is RBI's new chief corporate officer, effective immediately

A Tim Hortons coffee shop in downtown Toronto in 2016. (Eduardo Lima/Canadian Press)

Restaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company of Tim Hortons, has named Duncan Fulton as its chief corporate officer, effective immediately.

Fulton was president of Canadian Tire's FGL Sports Ltd. group until earlier this year where had previously served as senior vice-president for communications.

He also brings a wealth of political experience. Fulton served as an adviser and spokesman for former prime minister Jean Chretien.

Fulton joins RBI as the company faces a number of issues.

RBI has been fighting with disgruntled Tim Hortons franchisees on several fronts including the alleged misuse of a national advertising fund and a $700-million renovation plan to spruce up restaurants.

The Great White North Franchisee Association, a group that claims to represent about half of Canada's Tim Hortons franchisees also wrote to Ottawa earlier this year, alleging that RBI failed to live up to promises made under the Investment Canada Act in 2014.