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12/16/2021

Little Caesars' Anita Klopfenstein Named Chief Information Officer of the Year

Hot on the heels of winning MURTEC's Breakthrough Technology Award, CIO takes home a coveted honor.
Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Anita Klopfenstein, right, takes to the stage at MURTEC Executive Summit to share her team's innovative strategies.

Little Caesars, the pizza chain known for revolutionary innovations like the Pizza Portal, received first place in two prominent technology-related award competitions. Michigan CIO has named Anita Klopfenstein Chief Information Officer of the Year and presented her with an ORBIE® Award.  The company's new store software has also won the 2021 Breakthrough Technology Award presented at this year's MURTEC event by Hospitality Technology Magazine.

"We are thrilled to receive these prestigious recognitions from two of the most prominent voices in the technology industry," said David Scrivano, President and CEO of Little Caesars. "Anita and our entire technology team have done an excellent job of implementing some of the most advanced software, apps, and innovations around.  With such an innovative team, we are continuing to grow by adding even more top talent in the tech space."

The CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. The award honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership.  Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process, led by prior ORBIE recipients, based upon leadership and management effectiveness, value created by technology innovation, and engagement in industry and community endeavors.

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The MURTEC Breakthrough recognizes restaurant operators who have pioneered groundbreaking technology and innovative strategies in customer engagement or overall enterprise. It is presented to the company that has leveraged a specific strategy or technology beyond standard practice to improve overall restaurant operations and reveal an increase or marked improvement in efficiency or cost savings.

With so much opportunity in technology, Little Caesars is hiring across the business, focusing heavily on tech recruitment and recruitment of store crew members and managers. In addition, distribution centers are hiring warehouse team members and drivers.  The company offers colleagues many opportunities for growth and advancement, with many corporate employees beginning their careers at the store level.  In fact, 70% of Little Caesars crew members have been promoted to manager level or above and 25% of corporate employees began their careers as store crew members.