Move is part of bigger plan to spur growth in new and underserved markets.

Michael Iglesias has joined CiCi's Pizza as the chain's director of franchise development. Iglesias has more than 25 years' experience in restaurant industry franchising, restaurant development and more.

The hiring of Iglesias is part of a CiCi's plan to spur development in new and underserved markets for the concept, including New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Chicago, among others. The company continues to explore growth in Mexico, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as in nontraditional venues such as airports, casinos, military bases and universities.