German Doner Kebab appoints new chief procurement officer

Deon Pillay GDK headshot

Fast-casual restaurant chain German Doner Kebab has announced that it has made a new appointment to its leadership team to support the brand’s expansion plans.

Deon Pillay is set to join the team as Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, bringing with him more than 18 years of senior supply chain and procurement leadership following successful engagements in a variety of countries, industries and multinational corporations, including Peloton, Mars, Samsung and Nando’s.

The company said Deon’s passion is developing supply chain teams into motivated power houses, “forming the necessary foundation and backbone to deliver and maintain operational excellence in the shortest time spans”.

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Deon was previously at the helm of the supply chain transformation of Nando’s Grocery, taking it across the globe and initiating best-in-class processes and supply partners along the way.

He strives for consistency in delivering the best innovation, as well as calculated and controlled disruption to create new ideas and campaigns – traits he will continue to tap into at GDK as he aims to improve its supply chain and procurement portfolios.

Freshly made to order, the brand’s kebabs are made using “premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces”.

Deon Pillay said: “I am thrilled to be joining German Doner Kebab in my new position as Chief Procurement Officer.

“The growth plans for GDK are ambitious and that coupled with the brand’s passionate attention to detail in their quest to be successful is what drew me to the organisation. I look forward to building a world-class global supply chain that can help facilitate and complement these exciting expansion plans.”

Imran Sayeed, CEO of GDK International, added: “We are delighted to be welcoming Deon Pillay to the GDK family. He will be instrumental in our international expansion plans and will further reinforce GDK as a game-changing brand.”

“He has a fantastic breadth of experience across global markets and knows how to create a well-run and cost-efficient supply chain.

GDK, which opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989, now operates more than 130 restaurants worldwide.


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