The Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan hosted speaker Michael Lawton, CFO, Domino’s Pizza, Inc. on Friday, February 01, 2013 at the MSU Henry Center. He spoke on “Managing a Global Brand in a Franchise Environment.” The event was co-sponsored by the Michigan State University Broad College of Business Weekend MBA Program.
Michael Lawton Bio- A seasoned professional with more than three decades of global general management and finance experience, Michael Lawton was named chief financial officer of Domino’s Pizza Inc. in September 2010. He brings a solid background in strategic planning, financial analysis, business acquisitions and divestitures, financial reporting and capital management to his role as the financial leader of the publicly traded entity (NYSE:DPZ). He is responsible for financial planning, analysis, public reporting, treasury and risk management and for creating shareholder value through the strategic management of resources and by working to improve the results of the company’s operating units.
Lawton joined Domino’s Pizza in 1999 as head of finance for the company’s international division, using his experience to reduce costs, improve profits and accelerate growth opportunities for existing Domino’s franchise companies and to provide a model for growth in the company’s emerging markets. In 2004, he took the reins as executive vice president of the international division. Under his leadership, the division drove a retail sales compounded annual growth rate of 12%, and added more than 1,100 stores in both existing and new markets around the world. The division accounts for over 45% of the company’s global retail sales, and is among the strongest international models in the restaurant sector.
For 13 years prior to joining Domino’s, Lawton was with Gerber Products Company, serving as its corporate controller and vice president of international finance before moving into general management positions. These included president of Gerber’s Alima division in Poland, president of its baby care division and senior vice president and chief operating officer of its U.S. baby food operations. In these general management roles, he utilized his financial background while gaining solid operational experience that led to sales growth and profits.
A certified public accountant, Lawton holds a B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University and a MBA from Grand Valley State University. Lawton, his wife Janet and two sons reside in Ann Arbor, Mich.