Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle Stepping Down

Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle Stepping Down

After eight years leading the largest U.S pizza chain, Domino’s Pizza CEO Patrick Doyle has announced he will be stepping down on June 30th. Doyle is widely regarded as the leader of a groundbreaking turnaround at Domino’s, as supported by chairman of the board David Brandon.

“Patrick excelled at every role he served at Domino's for more than 20 years, and during the past eight he distinguished himself as one of the best leaders in the restaurant industry,” Brandon said in a statement.

Under Doyle’s leadership, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino’s opened more than 5,500 stores and launched in more than a dozen new countries.

Domino’s reworked their pizza recipe in 2009 when Doyle was president of the chain, a move that marks the beginning of Domino's rise to the top. Since becoming CEO he has overseen many exciting campaigns such as the world’s first drone pizza delivery and allowing customers to order with a pizza emoji.

When taking on the CEO position in 2010, Doyle had set three goals for himself.

“I wanted us to become the No. 1 pizza company in the world; I wanted Domino’s to provide our franchisees with the best possible return on their investment by creating a dramatically better experience for our customers; and I wanted to have a leadership team in place that would be ready to create even better results into the future. I’m proud to say that we’ve accomplished all of those goals, and I will leave Domino’s knowing that it is in great hands,” said Doyle in a statement.

According to Reuters, shares in Domino’s fell 2.8 percent to $201 in aftermarket trading, following news of Doyle’s pending departure.

Doyle has dismissed rumors that he might move to Chipotle after founder Steve Ells stepped down into the executive chairman role in November and, instead, has shared plans to take a 6-month break to consider his future plans. Richard Allison, president of Domino’s International, will take over as CEO.

Read more about Domino’s new leadership team on “Nation’s Restaurant News.”

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Top 5 Apps by Restaurant Brands on the ITunes Marketplace

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By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

Developing a mobile app that your customers will actually use is easier said than done. The majority of apps that get downloaded are used maybe once and then quickly deleted. 

The data real estate is limited for most smart-phone users, so the app better make their lives easier and/or provide entertainment – or it’s not going to last on their home screen.

There are 1.5 million iOS apps available on The Apple app store and 1.6 million available in the Google Playstore. So it’s safe to say, there's a lot of competition on both app marketplaces.

When restaurant brands started to developed mobile apps, they usually were focused on offering customers information about store locations and their menu. But, now these apps have transformed into ordering, payment and delivery platforms. Some brands, even offer games through these apps, like Moe’s Southwest Grill's recent launch of the augmented reality game through the brand’s mobile app.

Even though restaurant apps have come a long way, most struggle to remain used regularly. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at the restaurant brands with the top five food & drink apps on the ITunes marketplace and see why these apps are so successful and how they continue to be the most downloaded.

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