Little Caesars on Monday named former Dunkin’ Brands executive Jeremy Vitaro chief development officer.
Vitaro will focus on helping the Detroit-based pizza chain grow in the U.S. and around the world.
“Little Caesars is experiencing one of its largest periods of domestic and international expansion in its 60-year history,” CEO David Scrivano said in a statement. He said that Vitaro can help “continue our momentum and provide new growth opportunities for entrepreneurs all over the world.”
Little Caesars is on a big growth push as it shifts its business model more toward delivery—the company has started using third-party delivery providers exclusively and hopes its unique Pizza Portal pickup machines can help improve carryout service, too.
The company operates 5,100 locations around the world, including 4,150 in the U.S.—though the number of U.S. locations declined by 63 last year, according to data from Restaurant Business sister company Technomic.
Yet Little Caesars is pushing for more growth—it recently announced plans to open as many as 30 new units in the Tampa area by 2024, for instance.
The company has 960 locations outside the U.S. and is hoping to open more. New stores are set to open in Portugal, Russia and the U.K. this year.
It hopes that Vitaro can help spur that growth. Vitaro spent the past 18 years working in various leadership positions at Dunkin’ Brands and most recently was its vice president of U.S. development. “Little Caesars is poised to experience further exponential growth due to its affordable prices, quality products and rewarding business model,” he said in a statement.
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