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food service executive

Donald Nickerson Smith, American food service executive. Named Adman of the Year, Advertising Age magazine, 1979. With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1957-1965.

Background

Smith, Donald Nickerson was born on September 12, 1940 in Canada. Came to the United States, 1946, naturalized, 1956. Son of Fred Raymond and Hazel (Nickerson) Smith.

Education

Bachelor, University Montana, 1962. Doctor in Business Administration (honorary), Upper Iowa University, 1980.

Career

Senior executive vice president, senior operations officer McDonald's Corporation, Oak Brook, Illinois, 1964-1977. President, chief executive officer Burger King Corporation, Miami, 1977-1980. Senior vice president, president food service division Pepsi Cola, Inc., Purchase, New York, 1980-1983.

President, chief executive officer Chart House, Inc. (name changed to Diversifoods, Inc.), Itasca, Illinois, 1983-1985. Chairman, chief executive officer Tennessee Restaurant Company, since 1985.

Chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer Friendly Holding Corporation, Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

Membership

With United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1957-1965.

Connections

Married Beverley Thorell, December 1961 (divorced). Children: Jeffrey, Stacy, Darby. Married Angela Dangerfield, March 8, 1984.

father:
Fred Raymond Smith

mother:
Hazel (Nickerson) Smith

spouse:
Beverley Thorell

spouse:
Angela Dangerfield

child:
Jeffrey Smith

child:
Stacy Smith

child:
Darby Smith