‘Luckiest guy alive’: Donato’s CEO calls time on long fast-food career

Donatos Pizza’s Tom Krouse (left) and Kevin King (right) (Source: Supplied)

Donatos Pizza CEO Tom Krouse is set to retire from his role in October, with Kevin King having been named as his successor.

Under Krouse’s guidance, Donatos Pizza doubled in size and grew its franchise system from 10 partners to 45.

“I feel like the luckiest guy alive to have had the opportunity to lead a company with amazing people and an awesome mission,” said Krouse.

King will take on the CEO role in addition to this president position in the pizza chain.

King served as VP of development of Donatos Pizza from 1990 to 2003. He also previously held leadership roles at Smoothie King and Papa Murphy’s International.

“Kevin has demonstrated a genuine commitment to fostering our people-first culture, upholding our mission and core values as his first priority,” said Jane Grote Abell, Donatos Pizza chief purpose officer and chairwoman.

“His extensive expertise in operations and growth within the franchise industry, paired with his deep understanding of our company mission and values, make him the ideal person to continue building upon the legacy that Tom has built.”

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