Donatos names Steven Graves chief information officer

Graves will be responsible for digital growth and other initiatives at the pizza chain.
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Pizza chain Donatos on Tuesday named Steven Graves chief information officer.

Most recently, Graves served as vice president of IT at Walmart-Sam’s Club. Before that, he worked in enterprise technology and cloud services automation for American Airlines.

At the Columbus-based chain, Graves will focus on continuing Donatos’ growth and enhancing its digital presence, the company said.

Steven Graves, Donatos CIO

Donatos Chief Technology Officer Steven Graves / Photo courtesy Donatos

“He is a proven information technology executive with over 25 years of experience overseeing all IT functions,” Donatos President Kevin King said in a statement. “He is a results-oriented leader, who is passionate about developing high-performance cultures to enable strategic business outcomes.”

Donatos was founded in 1963 and now has 391 restaurants in 22 states, including 169 traditional restaurants and 222 non-traditional locations—largely in partnership with Red Robin.

“Donatos is a well-respected, iconic brand and staple of the Ohio community led by passionate family owners with the highest standards of excellence,” Graves said in a statement.

King rejoined Donatos early this year after working for the chain from 1990 to 2003. In addition to the Red Robin Partnership, Donatos also works with REEF to open and operate ghost kitchens.

The chain said late last year that it had seen more than 22% year-over-year sales growth.

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