Burger King

, the fast-food unit of U.K.'s

Diageo

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, appointed the chief executive officer of

Northwest Airlines

(NWAC)

to fill its top three positions.

In its brief statement about the move, Burger King said John Dasburg, 58, who has headed Northwest for 10 years, will become chairman, president and CEO of the Miami-based home of the Whopper. Burger King, the second largest burger chain behind

McDonald's

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, has recently been dealing with sales that

aren't flaming.

Dasburg replaces Colin Storm, who served as the restaurant chain's interim CEO.

At Northwest, Richard Anderson was elected CEO and Douglas Steenland was named president to succeed Dasburg.

Shares of Diago closed at $39.95 in Friday trading on the

New York Stock Exchange, while Northwest finished at $22 on the

Nasdaq.