Donatos makes multiple senior management moves

Donatos Pizza has put a former Cold Stone Creamery marketing executive in the chief marketing and information officer's role, while also bringing on a new franchise operations vice president. According to a news release, Kevin Myers assumes the CMIO post, and Ammos Durbin steps into the franchise position on Feb. 13. 

"We have a mission to make a difference in the communities we serve, and with added franchise growth and sales, we'll be able to make an even greater impact," Donatos President and CEO Tom Krouse, said in the release. "The additions of Kevin and Amos, leaders of their respective industries, empower us to better serve our franchise partners, our customers and our communities."

Myers was executive vice president of marketing and sales at global retail food leader, Cold Stone Creamery where he led marketing strategy for the chain's 1,400 stores in 10 countries. At Donatos he will lead marketing, IT and technology, focusing on converting data to both influence and elevate Donatos' customer experience.

"Companies must focus on connecting the whole brand with the data their customers provide in order to better serve its audience and attract new consumers," said Myers in the release. 

In recent year Donatos has simplified operations and fine-tuned its market-entry strategy while opening eight stores in seven new markets, the release said. 

Durbin will lead franchise growth and streamline operations following the same position at dineEquity where he represented IHOP in the family dining segment, as well as more than 12 years at Red Robin where he led five district managers.

"Franchise growth is the important piece that will take Donatos to the next level in terms of sales and market presence, and the whole company is rallying behind not only meeting but exceeding growth goals," Durbin said in the release. "The excitement is infectious and I look forward to working with the company to make its presence and operations even stronger throughout new and existing markets."

To support the eight to 10 store openings throughout the Midwest and Southeast territories in the next year, Donatos veteran Tim Young will be promoted to director, new store opening success, a newly-created role that is dedicated to fostering the success of new stores and attracting new franchise partners. Additionally, Karen Kuntz, will be promoted from Franchise Business Consultant to Senior Franchise Business Consultant. 

Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Human Resources

Companies: Donatos

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