Pizza Inn adds new executives to support growth

March 24, 2014

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. has announced several additions to its leadership team as its Pizza Inn and Pie Five Pizza concepts continue their expansion.

According to a news release, Chris Smith has been promoted to senior vice president of Operations for Pie Five Pizza. He had been VP since January 2013. In this new role, Smith will now oversee Real Estate and Construction, along with other operational areas. His prior industry experience includes tenures in the operations divisions at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Smashburger.

"Chris has done a masterful job for us over the past 13 months, and this promotion is certainly well deserved," CEO Randy Gier said in the release. "I will continue to lean heavily on him as we expand our footprint across the continent."

The company also hired Perry Jones as its new VP of Real Estate. Jones comes to Pizza Inn after serving as senior director of Real Estate for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, where he was responsible for site selection, development and execution of a defined retail strategy for the eastern half of the U.S. for the Einstein Bros. Bagels, Noah's New York Bagels and Manhattan Bagel brands.

Last month, the company also announced that Donna M. Lee had been appointed controller of Pizza Inn Holdings. Lee came to Pizza Inn after serving nearly 10 years in several roles at Taco Bueno Restaurants. As the company's VP and corporate controller, she was responsible for financial reporting, monthly accounting, annual audits, budgeting and forecasting, treasury, regulatory and legal/contract review, and compliance and debt and covenant reporting.

In addition, Christian Cox recently joined Pizza Inn as director of Information Technology. Cox has spent his entire career in the restaurant industry, most recently serving as IT director for Firebird Restaurant Group. Prior to that, he worked for more than 13 years as the IT director for Texas Wings, a Hooters franchisee with more than 45 locations in Texas.

Topics: Franchising & Growth, Operations Management, Pizza Inn, Systems / Technology

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