Wendy’s announced the appointment of Kevin Vasconi as Chief Information Officer, effective Monday. He will report to president and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor and serve on Wendy’s senior leadership team.
Before joining Wendy’s, Vasconi served as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Domino’s Pizza, a role from which he retired October 2. Kelly Garcia took over.
In Vasconi’s eight years at Domino’s, he served on the executive leadership team and was responsible for developing and leading all domestic and international technology capabilities.
Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino’s achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2019 from digital channels, primarily online ordering and mobile applications. In the U.S. in 2019, Domino’s generated over 65 percent of sales via digital channels. At Wendy’s, Vasconi will assume responsibility for all aspects of Wendy’s global technology efforts, including consumer-facing Digital, Restaurant Technology, Enterprise Architecture and Technology, and Information Security.
“Digital technology is a critical growth driver for Wendy’s today and will be in the future,” Penegor says. “Kevin Vasconi is an ideal leader to join our organization and help us advance to the next level. We are confident that his industry-leading experience will help to accelerate the growth we have already seen across technology channels in 2020, and he will lead a talented and well-resourced team focused on the substantial opportunities we see across the globe.”
“It’s incredibly exciting to join The Wendy’s Company in this next chapter of my career,” says Vasconi. “The great potential for technology transformation at Wendy’s, combined with the brand’s 50-year heritage for quality and innovation tell me that the future is bright at Wendy’s.”
In addition to his restaurant industry expertise with Domino’s, Vasconi brings more than 30 years of technology experience to Wendy’s across multiple industries including automotive, hardware, software and retail. His tenure prior to Domino’s includes service as CIO and VP of Engineering for the Stanley Security Solutions division of Stanley Black & Decker; SVP & CIO, R.L.Polk & Co.; and Chief Technology Officer for a number of business units and platforms within the Ford Motor Company.