The investment firm buying Burger King has named a former Latin American railroad executive to be CEO of the fast-food chain after it completes its $3.26 billion acquisition.
Alexandre Behring, managing partner at 3G Capital, was also a prior CEO of the Brazilian railroad. Behring is set to become co-chairman as well after the deal closes.
"Bernardo is an experienced executive with an impressive track record of enhancing performance at America Latina Logistica, where he managed a team that drove strong gains in both revenues and profitability," Behring said in a statement. "I know he will be an excellent steward of the Burger King brand."
3G Capital, which made its offer last week, is expected to begin its effort to acquire the outstanding shares of Burger King for $24 per share by Sept. 17.
3G Capital has strong ties to Latin America, including ties to Jorge Paulo Lemann, a 71-year-old Brazilian billionaire.
Hees began at America Latina Logistica in 1998 as a logistics analyst. He held a variety of executive positions there and had served as CEO since 2005.
On Aug. 31, just days before the Burger King deal was announced, the Brazilian railroad company announced that Hees would step down as CEO but remain on the board of directors. The company named chief operating officer Paulo Basilio to replace him Sept. 10.
Burger King shares were unchanged at $23.67 in early trading.