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Mod Pizza announces hires, promotions to executive staff

Mod Pizza announces hires, promotions to executive staff

Mod Pizza has announced the promotion of Becky Mulligan to the newly created position of chief restaurant officer and Stephen Blum as its first chief development officer.

Mulligan has been with Mod Pizza for a year, where she led the field operations and operations excellence teams for 440-plus owned-and-operated stores.

Blum brings more than two decades of store development experience to Mod, from restaurant brands Panera Bread, Panda Restaurant Group and Au Bon Pain. Most recently, he was senior vice president, real estate, and facilities at Hertz.

Mod also hired Cynthia Richardson as vice president, franchising. Richardson will lead the team that supports all franchise, non-traditional and international operations. She comes to MOD after 25 years at 7-Eleven where she implemented consulting services to support franchisees in 17 countries, across 77,000-plus stores.

Scott Uehlein joined MOD as vice president, culinary excellence and innovation. In this role, he will oversee the MOD culinary team, including all aspects of menu development and innovation. He brings over three decades of industry experience, having most recently served as vice president of product innovation and development at Sonic. Prior, he spent 17 years at Canyon Ranch Resorts and ILX Resorts leading their food and beverage programs.

Ben Coarde joined MOD as regional vice president, operations, overseeing the Eastern region. Coarde previously spent over 14 years with Starbucks, most recently as a regional director responsible for 115 café and drive through locations.

James Holguin, a seven-year MOD veteran, has been promoted to regional vice president, operations, responsible for the Western half of the U.S.

"As MOD continues to scale, we remain focused on our people-first mission, while delivering an incredible and consistent customer experience, centered around our craveable food. We are incredibly grateful for Becky's leadership and commitment to our purpose over the past year and we all celebrate her well-deserved promotion," said Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO, MOD Pizza. "I am equally excited to welcome Stephen, Cindy, Scott and Ben and to congratulate James on a well-deserved promotion. They are all industry veterans who bring decades of experience to the leadership team and who will help us continue to support our people and product as we further our growth trajectory, on and off premise."

Mod Pizza has more than 500 stores across 29 states and Canada.

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