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Global Talent War Means 6-Month Wait for Hires: Retail

Domino’s Pizza Inc. can get a pizza to your house in less than 30 minutes. It took the company six months to find the right person to lead its international expansion.

Restaurant chains including Domino’s, AFC Enterprises Inc. and Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. are hunting for executives who can adapt menus to international tastes and navigate foreign regulations. Such changes may accelerate as chains expand overseas amid slowing U.S. growth, said Guy Cote, who leads restaurant-executive searches for Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. in Miami.