Domino's Pizza Inc. (Ann Arbor, Mich.) announced that company chairman and ceo David Brandon will be stepping down as ceo effective March 7. Brandon, who joined the company in March 1999, will be retained by the company as a special advisor for the remainder of the year and will be up for re-election to the board in 2012. Concurrent with this announcement, the University of Michigan has named Brandon as its next director of intercollegiate athletics.
Domino's board of directors plans to elect J. Patrick Doyle as Brandon’s replacement. Doyle, who joined the company in 1997, has served as president of Domino’s USA since 2007. Prior to that post, he led the company's corporate store unit, the international division and the marketing department. His career also includes six years with Gerber Products Co. and European general manager of Intervascular SA, in LaCiotat, France.
Under Brandon's leadership, Domino's has added more than 2600 units to its store count. In 1999, the pizza delivery chain was bought by Bain Capital.