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Little Caesars, the global family-owned pizza chain, has named Jeremy Vitaro chief development officer. In a role responsible for new growth domestically and abroad, Vitaro will drive the organization’s efforts to capitalize further on the phenomenal global opportunity of the Little Caesars brand.

Vitaro most recently served as Vice President of U.S. Development at Dunkin’ Brands where, for the past 18 years, he held various franchise leadership positions. He brings this extensive development experience to Little Caesars at a time when the chain’s revolutionary Pizza Portal Pickup and delivery options have led to a surge in brand interest among consumers and franchise prospects.

“Little Caesars is experiencing one of its largest periods of domestic and international expansion in its 60+ year history,” David Scrivano, Little Caesars president and CEO, said. “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.”

Now in 27 countries and territories, Little Caesars most recently entered Colombia, Singapore, Peru and Chile. Later this year, new stores are set to open in Portugal, Russia and the United Kingdom.

The brand is actively seeking to grow in new markets across Europe, Southeast Asia and South America, as well as in existing markets like Spain, Canada, Latin America and the Philippines. Opportunities also exist in New York City, Seattle, Portland, Tampa and other U.S. markets.

Before spending nearly two decades guiding both international and U.S. growth for Dunkin’, Vitaro lived in Italy, where he served companies including Casoni S.P.A. and the Benedict Group in various franchise leadership roles. Vitaro holds master’s degrees in business administration from Columbia Business School and economic history from Stanford University.

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to join a world-renowned brand primed for continued expansion,” Vitaro said. “Little Caesars is poised to experience further exponential growth due to its affordable prices, quality product and rewarding business model. I look forward to helping guide Little Caesars towards continued success and working with entrepreneurs interested growth opportunities.”

Those interested in opening a franchise in their area should visit Franchise.LittleCaesars.com.