Anita Klopfenstein

Anita Klopfenstein

Logansport High School 1980 graduate Anita Klopfenstein [nee Grimes], now the chief information officer at Little Caesars, has been named to Industry Era magazine’s “Top Chief Information Officers of 2020.”

“I’m honored to be named one of the top CIOs, and so proud to have the support of my incredible team. It’s an exciting time to be in IT at Little Caesars — we are working with new technologies to benefit our customers and franchisees, and we’re partnering with top companies to execute those cutting-edge innovations,” said Klopfenstein.

“When I heard about the honor, the first thought that went through my mind was the encouragement and support my teachers, mentors and family members provided me throughout my journey,” she said.

“I don’t know what those teachers saw in me, but they were constantly pushing me forward to improve myself, even when I didn’t want too. I can’t express my gratitude enough to those who helped me get here.

“I still have the note my high school speech teacher sent me to join the speech team,” she continued. “It was the first time I thought I might be good enough to attend college. I still send him a thank you note every time I speak at a large event. One of my college professors and I are still friends to this day, and he still provides guidance. I have truly been blessed with a great circle of people.”

Klopfenstein has more than 25 years of experience managing profitable information technology departments. In highly competitive markets and within the quick service restaurant industry, she is known for her track record of developing software products and leadership in internet, enterprise and manufacturing operations.

Before joining Little Caesars, she was most recently overseeing consumer systems product development and commerce and marketing systems integration.

Since beginning her tenure at Little Caesars three years ago, Klopfenstein has transformed IT in both the company and the pizza industry. By using innovations such as an online ordering app and the Pizza Portal, a heated, self-service order pickup station, she has enhanced Little Caesars digital strategies, providing world-class customer experiences and enhancing the environment for crew members in the stores.

“I encourage both customers and those in the IT industry to keep watching Little Caesars,” she said.

Her work has also been noticed in the company.

“Anita has been an invaluable member of the Little Caesars team, is an exceptional CIO, and under her leadership, we are supported by a world-class IT department,” said Dave Scrivano, Little Caesars President and CEO. “She is always looking for exceptional talent to grow the world-class IT team she has built.”

Industry Era, a technology magazine which brings the latest news, inspiration, and motivation to the world’s most pre-eminent organizations and budding entrepreneurs, uses a rigorous selection process to hand-pick the top CIOs, filtering through from a diverse pool of leaders in various prominent organizations.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

Twitter @JamesDWolfJr

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