Donatos Pizza announces appointment of Steven Graves as chief information officer; Graves most recently served as VP of IT at Walmart/Sam's Club

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May 17, 2022 (press release) –

New CIO brings 25+ years of executive experience overseeing IT functions

With a focus on continuing its growth in all areas of the business and enhancing its digital presence, Donatos has hired information technology leadership veteran Steven Graves as Chief Information Officer effective May 17, 2022.

“I am thrilled to announce that Steven will be joining our family,” said Kevin King, President of Donatos.  “He is a proven information technology executive with over 25 years of experience overseeing all IT functions.  He is a results-oriented leader, who is passionate about developing high performance cultures to enable strategic business outcomes.”

Graves, who will oversee the IT department and report directly to King, has held numerous senior executive leadership positions including most recently as the Vice President of IT at Walmart/Sam’s Club, Inc. where he created an environment predicated on innovation, reliability, experimentation, and prototyping.  Prior to that, Graves was the Vice President of Enterprise Technology & Cloud Services Automation at American Airlines where he led customer facing technologies and designed and built enterprise cloud capabilities.

“I am excited to join the Donatos family,” said Graves, who resides in Central Ohio with his wife and two children.  “Donatos is a well-respected, iconic brand and staple of the Ohio community led by passionate family owners with the highest standards of excellence.”

Graves has a degree in Business Management and is a member of both the National Retail Federation and American Management Association.

About Donatos

Donatos features the Edge to Edge® pizza, created by Jim Grote who founded Donatos in 1963.  With 391 locations in 22 states, Donatos and its franchise partners operate 169 traditional restaurants in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  Donatos’ products are also proudly served in 222 non-traditional locations (212 locations with Red Robin, nine sports and entertainment venues, and one Reef Kitchen).  

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