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Donatos Adds Two Industry Veterans to Help Lead Continued Growth New COO hails from Domino’s while new VP of IT comes from Chipotle

November 16th, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (November 12, 2020)—With a focus on continued growth, Donatos is pleased  to announce the hiring of John King as Chief Operating Officer and Matthew Coy as Vice  President of IT effective November 10, 2020.

“Despite all the challenges that 2020 has brought, it is clear that with our resiliency and  dedication we will enter 2021 stronger than ever with our focus on growing through  franchising,” said Tom Krouse, President and CEO of Donatos. “It is important for both our  associates and our customers that we have the organizational support in place to lead us  through this exciting period of growth.”

“I am extremely pleased with the addition of John and Matthew to our team,” Krouse  continued. “We believe they are both strong cultural matches with Donatos and embody our  core values. With many years of restaurant experience, they will not only enhance the culture  but will also allow us to strengthen our support of franchise and company operations.”

King will oversee Company Operations, Franchise Operations, Franchise Development,  Innovation and Red Robin Operations in his role as COO. Donatos pizza is currently served in  166 traditional restaurants as well as 93 non-traditional locations including 79 Red Robin  restaurants.

King, who graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, has  spent the past 25 years at Domino’s in various leadership roles. His roles have included serving  as Director of Financial Analysis, Director of Franchise Operations Midwest, Regional Vice  President – Midwest, Regional Vice President – South, and most recently the past four years as  National Vice President of Franchise Operations. King has a proven track record of building  franchisee engagement and growth, customer satisfaction, same store sales, operational  efficiency, and unit level profitability.

“I could not be more excited about joining this growing brand,” said King. “A focus on building  customer loyalty, nurturing an exceptional culture and commitment to innovation make  Donatos a special place. I am honored to serve our franchise partners and company  associates.”

Coy, who will oversee all areas of IT Services, has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State  University and both an MBA and a Master of Science degree from Mississippi State University.  He has more than two decades of leadership in the technology field with a legacy of success in  solving business problems and driving innovation.

Most recently, Coy served as Director of IT at Chipotle where he was recruited to build a world class IT organization and lead a digital transformation. He has also served as the Vice President  of IT at Safelite, Global Director of IT Infrastructure and Security at Worthington Industries, VP

of IT Service Delivery at Huntington Bank and Senior Director of IT Infrastructure and Security  for Safe Auto Insurance Company.

“It’s an honor to join the Donatos organization,” said Coy. “I’ve always respected Donatos’  values and their connection to the community, and I’m thrilled to now be a part of it. So many  great memories with family and friends are made around food. I’m looking forward to using my  role as Donatos’ technology leader to help build even more memories.”

King and Coy will join a growing brand that has opened eight traditional restaurants since April  despite the current pandemic and is scheduled to open two more before the end of the year.  In addition, the Donatos partnership with Red Robin has more than doubled to 79 locations  since March.

About Donatos  

Donatos features the Edge to Edge® pizza, created by Jim Grote who founded Donatos in 1963.  Donatos and its franchise partners operate 166 traditional restaurants in Ohio, Indiana,  Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  Donatos’ products are also proudly served in 93 non-traditional locations (79 locations with Red  Robin and 14 sports and entertainment venues). For more information about Donatos, visit, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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