October 20, 2011 // Franchising.com // DETROIT — Little Caesars® Pizza today announced the appointment of Dana M. Tilley as vice president of Research, Development & Innovation. In her new role, Tilley will oversee all R & D and concept innovations including testing and the implementation of new products, recipes, packaging and equipment. She will report to David Scrivano, president & CEO of Little Caesars.
“Dana will be an excellent asset to Little Caesars as we continue to grow and innovate in all aspects of the business” said Scrivano. “Her strong background in product innovation and quality assurance makes her a perfect fit for this position, and will help us continue to provide our customers with great quality products for a great value.”
Tilley has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry. During that time, she has worked for several leading food service companies.
“Little Caesars is the value leader,” Said Tilley. “I’m looking forward to building upon its strong heritage to help enhance our customers’ experience with the brand.”
Tilley earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. She will reside in the metro Detroit area with her husband.
Little Caesars Pizza founders Michael and Marian Ilitch opened their first restaurant in Garden City, Michigan in 1959. Little Caesars added more stores in the world in 2010 than any other pizza chain and today is the largest carry-out chain internationally with restaurants on four continents. Little Caesars is growing in prime markets across the country, and is offering strong franchisee candidates an opportunity for independence with a proven system. For the fourth year in a row, Little Caesars was named “Best Value in America”* of all quick-serve restaurant chains. In addition, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.
In addition to Little Caesars Pizza, Michael and Marian Ilitch’s companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Uptown Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, and a variety of venues within these entities. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.
For more information about Little Caesars and available franchise opportunities, visit www.LittleCaesars.com or call 1.800.553.5776.
“Highest-Rated Chain – Value for the Money” based on a nationwide survey of quick-service restaurant consumers conducted by Sandelman & Associates, 2010