Doug Fry ‘92
-Business Strategy & Leadership
-Sales & Marketing
Douglas Fry is a strategic executive leader with 17 years of success in building & elevating brands, exceeding growth targets, in the CPG & Restaurant industries. Fry has an expertise in Strategy, Customer Experience, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Purchasing, & Change Management.
While he's travelled the world extensively, he has lived much of his life in Toronto & Vancouver. His career began in Vancouver with Kraft Foodservice, where he blended his fine dining culinary roots with his Keg Restaurant operations experience, to drive sales for Kraft. He propelled through the Sales organization at Kraft, was promoted to the Toronto Head Office to design a new Training department and curriculum for the company. Joining Kraft Brand Marketing next, he directed category management, including product design, production, distribution, and marketing; with full P&L responsibility. His next foray was into Supply Chain with the Canadian restaurant giant, Cara Operations. Transforming the silos of individual Brand's purchasing power, into a consistent, streamlined function with stronger Vendor partnerships and innovative menu solutions, resulted in major growth of financial and quality metrics. Fry finished his journey with Cara in Executive leadership roles with Milestone’s, Kelsey’s & Montana’s.
Now with McDonald’s as a Strategy & Operations Executive; he's evolved the corporate culture & business strategy, redesigned team functionality; launching a myriad of initiatives and tools that are yielding record results for the Brand. Based on this success, he is now collaborating with other Global Markets on their strategies.
His accomplishments with these dominant brands can be attributed to his ability to adapt to the evolving needs of the business & consumers. He is a dynamic public speaker who relates to individuals at all levels and disciplines, is grounded in facts, adapts well to change and his style is to find collaborative solutions through skillful leadership. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife Julie and two young children Harrison and Avery and their three cats and one dog.
His reason for mentoring? He thinks back to his days at Saints and he really didn’t know what he wanted to do as he headed off to University. Both his parents were Doctors and he really didn’t have a lot of exposure to what else he would enjoy beyond Medicine; but he knew he didn’t want to be a Doctor. He's had a few key mentors in his life that helped him define his career aspirations and map out the multiple paths he could take to reach his goals. He believes he can give back in a similar fashion with a good ear and some sound advice from his experiences in the corporate world and personal life or at least a good connection to the right contacts.