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Marco’s Pizza, the international pizza franchise with over 1,000 stores throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, has appointed Tony Libardi as co-CEO and president.
Libardi, previously president and chief operating officer for the brand, will now join CEO Jack Butorac, who has been in the role since 2004.
“To say Tony is deserving of this promotion would be an understatement,” said Butorac, now chairman & co-CEO at Marco’s. “Under Tony’s leadership, Marco’s evolved into a performance-driven culture that revolves around putting ‘People First.’ Marco’s has doubled in size with a tremendous group of franchise partners.
“We are very proud of the dedication, commitment, and the overall impact he’s had on this brand. I’m confident Tony will be a driving force behind the continued success of Marco’s as we head into a new era as a 1,000-plus unit national brand.”
Tony Libardi first joined Marco’s from Burger King in 2014, and brought 30-years’ experience in restaurant operations to the role. Since then, he has been instrumental in piloting new innovations for the franchise, signing 114 new store commitments, and opening more than 70 new sites – including the brand’s recent milestone 1,000th store in Kissimmee, Florida.
“It has been an honor to be part of the tremendous growth of this brand,” said Libardi. “The success we’ve seen is a collective effort of our incredible executive leadership team, our committed Support Center, and all our franchisees and team members at the store level who deliver on our brand promise each and every day. I am humbled to step into this new role and drive our brand’s stellar reputation forward as we catapult Marco’s into the national spotlight.”
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