Shanahan assumes leadership of DDIFO

BELLINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Edwin Shanahan, the new executive director of the DD Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO), has officially taken over day-to-day operations of the franchisee organization as of October 1st. The news was released at DDIFO’s National Members Meeting held on September 28 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut: effective immediately Shanahan will represent the interests of the organization and its membership. DDIFO is the largest independent association of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners in the U.S.

“I have been talking with and listening to a broad slice of the DDIFO membership for the past few months and I'm delighted to now be in the position to provide them with the representation and leadership they have been asking for. The organization is well positioned and strong. My charge is to bring us to the next level, and that is precisely what I intend to do,” said Shanahan. During the National Members Meeting, Shanahan led a breakout session on government relations—specifically regarding the issue of growing government involvement with their businesses. Along with his panelists, Shanahan provided guidance on how franchisees can prepare for, respond to and participate in the legislative process.

DDIFO members also took the opportunity to thank Ed’s predecessor, Jim Coen, for his hard work over the past four years and to wish him well in his future endeavors.

According to DDIFO Chairman Daniel Connelly, the board and its new Executive Director are committed to representing the interests of franchise owners from around the country, particularly as Dunkin’ Brands continues its expansion to other markets.


Created in 1989, DDIFO is the largest, independent organization of Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. DDIFO’s mission is to protect, enhance and defend the business interests of its member Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. Learn more at

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Source: DD Independent Franchise Owners