Gearing up for a next phase of growth, MOD Pizza announced several changes to the management team Friday night, with a particular focus on franchising and development.
Founded in 2008, fast-casual chain MOD Pizza has long been a primarily company-operated chain, with more than 520 units in the United States and Canada company-owned or licensed. But the company has worked with a small number of franchisees since its inception.
The changes announced Friday appear to target franchise infrastructure.
MOD in 2021 confidentially filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, but that IPO has yet to materialize.
Among the changes announced on Friday, Becky Mulligan, who joined the company a year ago as senior vice president of operations, has been promoted to the newly created role of head of catering. Mulligan led field operations and operations excellence teams for the chain’s 440 restaurants. In her expanded role, she will also assume leadership of MOD’s franchising business.
Prior to joining MOD, Mulligan was CEO of AB Wellco, overseeing three brands: The Little Beet, Little Beet Table and Le Pain Quotidien US.
Additionally, MOD has appointed Stephen Blum as the Seattle-based Channel’s Director of Development. Blum will take charge of all development activities, including real estate, store design, construction, facilities and portfolio management.
He has two decades of experience working for companies such as Panera Bread, Panda Restaurant Group and Au Bon Pain. He most recently served as senior vice president, real estate and facilities at Hertz.
“As MOD continues to grow, we remain focused on our people-centric mission, while delivering an incredible and consistent customer experience centered around our irresistible food,” said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD, in a press release.
Svenson also noted that the moves bring industry veterans with years of experience to the leadership team “who will help us continue to support our people and our products as we continue our growth trajectory, on-site. and off-site”.
The company also announced three other leadership changes:
Cynthia Richardson has been named Vice President, Franchising. She joins the team after 25 years at 7-Eleven, where she built consulting services to support franchisees in 17 countries and more than 77,000 stores.
Scott Uehlein has been named Vice President, Culinary Excellence and Innovation. Uehlein was most recently vice president of innovation and product development at Sonic, but his experience includes 17 years at Canyon Ranch Resorts and ILX Resorts.
Ben Coarde has joined MOD as Regional Vice President of Operations. Responsible for overseeing the Eastern region, Coarde worked for Starbucks for 14 years, most recently as a regional manager responsible for 115 cafes and drive-thru.
And for the Western Region, James Holguin has been promoted to Regional Vice President of MOD Operations. Holguin has been part of the MOD for seven years.
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