Little Caesars Growth Drives Promotion of Key Leaders

Detroit-based pizza chain Little Caesars reported that the company’s sales and new unit growth over the last several years has resulted in 18-year CEO Dave Scrivano promoting Paula Vissing and Ed Gleich to new posts.
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Ed Gleich
Paula Vissing

Detroit-based pizza chain Little Caesars reported that the company’s sales and new unit growth over the last several years has resulted in 18-year CEO Dave Scrivano promoting Paula Vissing and Ed Gleich to new posts.

Vissing, formerly COO at the company, will now serve as president of Little Caesars global retail. Gleich, formerly chief innovation officer, will serve as president of global services for the brand. They will continue to report to Scrivano, who will remain CEO.

“We have such tremendous talent at Little Caesars, and we’re thrilled to promote from within for these two key roles,” says Scrivano. “Paula has delivered incredible business results both domestically and abroad, and Ed has driven significant global sales growth with game-changing innovations, new products and brand building initiatives improving the guest experience.”

Vissing has served in expanding roles at Little Caesars, joining the company as vice president of purchasing and quality assurance in 2011 and then elevating to senior vice president of international.

She was responsible for all Little Caesars locations in more than two dozen countries and territories. Under her leadership, Little Caesars experienced the largest period of international growth in the company’s 60-plus year history.

Later, as COO, she led key global business functions during a time of expansion and sales growth. Vissing has more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry providing strategic leadership for national brands.

A Kentucky native, Vissing received a B.S. in economics from the University of Louisville and an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky. As president of Little Caesars global retail, she will continue to oversee restaurants globally, and will add the areas of global marketing and global development to her oversight.

“It is an exciting time for the company as we continue to experience tremendous growth, and I am honored to have the opportunity to take on this incredible leadership role,” says Vissing. “I look forward to further collaboration with Little Caesars franchisees, colleagues and the executive team as we continue to bring delicious pizza to families around the world at such an incredible value.”

Gleich joined Little Caesars in 2011 as head of marketing. In that role, he focused on driving increased restaurant-level sales and profits by expanding the brand into national media advertising, launching its new brand identity, and promoting successful limited time offers, including the Bacon Wrapped DEEP! DEEP! Dish pizza and the pretzel crust pizza.

Gleich also oversaw the evolution of the brand’s core menu, with additions like the Detroit-style deep dish pizza, the lunch combo, and the ExtraMostBestest product line. Later, as chief innovation and strategy officer, he focused on identifying and launching significant sales growth drivers such as native and marketplace delivery.

A Chicago-area native, Gleich holds a B.S. in business from Emporia State University in Kansas. As president of global services, in addition to innovation, he will oversee many key functions of the business, including U.S. and international supply chain, bakery operations, equipment, restaurant design evolution, and automation/engineering.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to build upon the company’s strong foundation of value, quality, and convenience in this new role,” says Gleich. “Little Caesars has excelled at innovation and service for over 60 years, striving every day to make customers’ lives easier. Our ability to set the stage for franchisee growth is what makes it such an exciting time to be a part of this storied brand.”