Former MOD pizza exec now Voodoo Doughnut CEO

Voodoo Doughnut has named restaurant veteran Chris Schultz as its CEO, hiring him away from MOD Pizza, where he served as senior vice president of operations, a news release said. 

At the pizza brand, Schultz helped grow the company from one to more than 300 locations globally. Prior to that experience, he served as an operational advisor to Starbucks Coffee Company's senior executive team during the brand's international expansion. 

At Voodoo, Schultz will call upon that experience to focus on growth and strengthening the culture, while moving into new markets but staying well connected to current service communities. 
 and staying connected to the communities that we operate in.

"Voodoo has all the magic needed to create something really big and Chris has the experience we need as we realize our dream of a culture-driven business," Voodoo Doughnut co-founder Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson,said in the release. "His commitment to the customer and dedication to building a strong culture will pave the way as we try and put more Magic in the Hole."

Voodoo Doughnut currently has six locations in four states, most recently opening on the City Walk Universal Studios Hollywood. Creators of the Bacon Maple Bar, Portland Cream and Memphis Mafia doughnuts, Voodoo is known for its unique take on the classic doughnut shop. 

Schultz succeeds Robin "Lobster" Ludwig in the CEO's role after Ludwig lost his battle with brain cancer in 2015.

Topics: Operations Management

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