DETROIT — Edward Gleich has been promoted to chief innovation officer at Little Caesars. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing ideas and processes, strategically moving potential innovations from seed stage to implementation. He also will evaluate changing business needs and allocate resources to continue pushing the brand forward.

Mr. Gleich joined Little Caesars in 2011 as chief marketing officer and senior vice-president of global marketing. During his tenure, he has helped expand the brand into national media advertising, evolved the core menu, added thin crust pizza to the menu and promoted successful limited-time offers, the company said.

“During his seven years with Little Caesars, Ed has successfully led our global marketing function, contributing to strong sales and store level profit growth,” said David Scrivano, president and chief executive officer. “With innovation at the forefront of the rapidly changing restaurant industry, I’m excited to see the results he’ll achieve over the next several years.”

Prior to Little Caesars, Mr. Gleich was vice-president of marketing and media at Golden Corral. Earlier, he was senior vice-president of concept innovation and senior vice-president of marketing at Arby’s. He also has worked as vice-president of menu growth at Domino’s Pizza, vice-president of research and development at Uno Chicago Grill, vice-president of product development at Applebee’s International, and assistant general manager at Gate Gourmet.

Mr. Gleich received a bachelor’s degree in business from the Emporia State University in Kansas.