Toledo, Ohio-based, 975-unit Marco’s Pizza announced the hiring of Chris Tussing — former marketing brand assignment strategy lead for Marco’s Pizza at Merge marketing agency — as the growing pizza chain’s vice president, chief marketing officer.
At Merge, Tussing acted as president of the marketing agency’s Chicago office and chief marketing officer of the entire agency. He helped lead the Marco’s brand as it expanded its national presence.
"I'm honored to join the Marco's Pizza brand with its rich 40-year heritage of delighting people with an outstanding product, commitment to quality and a culture that puts people and communities first," Tussing said in a statement. "It's exactly what we need to connect to the hearts and minds of all pizza-loving Americans as we continue to expand our national presence and footprint."
At Marco’s, Tussing will be responsible for the company’s advertising, brand identity, media, customer relationship management, social media, web and app experience, promotions, and different types of marketing across the brand.
Prior to joining Merge, Tussing held marketing and brand positioning leadership roles at companies including Northwestern Mutual, Clorox, Wrigley, Mars, Kraft and Anheuser-Busch.
"Chris's leadership and strategy helped catapult the Marco's brand into the national spotlight,” Marco’s Pizza CEO Jack Butorac said in a statement. “He's been a great advisor to me and the Marco's Executive Team as we evolve, expand and grow as a brand.”
Marco’s Pizza is on track to have open 1,000 stores by the end of 2020.
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