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Marco’s Pizza appoints a co-CEO

Tony Libardi, formerly COO, will head the chain with longtime CEO Jack Butorac as part of a “long-term transition of power,” the chain said.
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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.

 

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