Donatos Pizzeria LLC said Wednesday that chairman and chief executive Jim Grote has resigned as part of the 179-unit chain’s strategy to grow its franchise network. Tom Krouse, Donatos' president of expansion brands, has been tapped to take over as chief executive, with a focus on increasing the number of franchise-owned units in the Columbus, Ohio-based chain’s system. Grote's daughter, Jane Grote Abell, has been named chairman. “We’ve been talking about a ...

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