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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza names new execs

Brand taps John Reale to lead operations, Katie Knight to head marketing

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has rounded out its executive team with new leaders for its operations and marketing divisions, the company said Tuesday.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based concept, which has 67 company-owned locations in eight states, named John Reale as the new chief operating officer and Katie Knight as chief marketing officer.

Reale most recently spent four years as COO of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and previously was operations chief at Focus Brands.

Knight most recently was vice president of advertising and marketing at alcohol retailer Total Wine & More and previously served as CMO of Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Photo: Anthony's


From left, chief people officer Michele Zavolta, chief culinary officer Dean Courtelis, chief executive officer Wayne Jones, chief marketing Officer Katie Knight, chief financial officer Rebekah Cooksey and chief operating officer John Reale

Wayne Jones, CEO of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, said Reale and Knight join the executive team that includes Rebekah Cooksey as chief financial officer, Michele Zavolta as chief people officer and Dean Courtelis, who joined the company late last year as chief culinary officer.

“John, Katie and Dean will help lead our brand to even greater heights in a competitive market,” Jones said in a statement, “and grow our reputation as the go-to place to enjoy an authentic coal-fired oven pizza, wings, pasta or salad sourced from the freshest, most authentic ingredients."

Anthony’s has units in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

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