Marco’s Pizza has promoted its president and COO to co-CEO, the quick-service pizza chain announced Wednesday.
Tony Libardi will head the chain with Jack Butorac, who has been CEO since 2004. The move is part of a “long-term transition of leadership” for Marco’s, the company said in a statement.
Libardi joined Marco’s from Burger King in 2014. During his tenure, he has boosted same-store sales growth and doubled unit count. He also transferred the chain to a single point-of-sale system, instituted operational standards and helped create Marco’s first national advertising program.
Marco’s reported a record-setting sales year in 2020, despite the pandemic.
“To say Tony is deserving of this promotion would be an understatement,” Butorac said in a statement. “Under Tony’s leadership, Marco’s evolved into a performance-driven culture that revolves around putting ‘people first.’”
Marco’s is currently testing ghost kitchens in several markets and has expanded third-party delivery, as well as curbside pickup options. The chain is also testing robotic kitchen upgrades.