José Cil was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc., in January 2019. Mr. Cil has served as President of Burger King since 2014. In his prior roles, Mr. Cil has served as Executive Vice President and President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Burger King Worldwide and its predecessor for four years. Mr. Cil also served as Vice President and Regional General Manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Florida, Vice President of Company Operations for Burger King Corporation and Division Vice President, Mediterranean and NW Europe Divisions, EMEA for a subsidiary of Burger King.
Mr. Cil is a director of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc., Burger King’s largest franchisee.
Tim Hortons Inc. is a Canadian multinational fast food restaurant chain. Based in Toronto, Tim Hortons serves coffee, doughnuts and other fast food items. It is Canada's largest quick-service restaurant chain, with 4,846 restaurants in 14 countries as of December 31, 2018.
The company was founded in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton (1930–1974) and Jim Charade (1934–2009), after an initial venture in hamburger restaurants. In 1967, Horton partnered with investor Ron Joyce (1930–2019), who assumed control over operations after Horton died in 1974. Joyce expanded the chain into a multi-billion dollar franchise. Charade left the organization in 1966 and briefly returned in 1970 and 1993 through 1996.
On August 26, 2014, Burger King agreed to purchase Tim Hortons for US$11.4 billion. The chain became a subsidiary of the Canadian holding company Restaurant Brands International, which is majority-owned by Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, on December 15, 2014.