Jeremy Vitaro, who most recently served as vice president of U.S. development at Dunkin’ Brands, has been named chief development officer at the Detroit-based global pizza chain Little Caesars.
In the role, Vitaro will oversee new unit growth and push branding opportunities around the world. Currently in all 50 states and 27 countries and territories, the company is looking for growth in both new marks across Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America and in existing U.S. markets.
The pizza chain most recently entered Colombia, Singapore, Peru, and Chile. New stores are set to open in Portugal, Russia, and the United Kingdom later this year.
“With a very attractive business model, strong brand awareness, and quality products, we are thrilled for Jeremy to join our team, continue our momentum, and provide new growth opportunities for entrepreneurs all over the world,” says David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars.
Vitaro comes from Dunkin’ Brands, where he spent 18 years in various franchise leadership positions. Before Dunkin’, Vitaro lived in Italy and worked in leadership for companies including Casoni S.P.A. and the Benedict Group.
He holds master’s degrees in business administration from Columbia Business School and in economic history from Stanford University.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to join a world-renowned brand primed for continued expansion,” says Vitaro. “Little Caesars is poised to experience further exponential growth due to its affordable prices, quality products, and rewarding business model. I look forward to helping guide Little Caesars towards continued success and working with entrepreneurs interested in growth opportunities.”
Little Caesars was founded by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1959.