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Souper Salad brings Pizza Inn vets on board

SAN ANTONIO Souper Salad Inc. has added four former Pizza Inn executives to its management team. The hires, announced this week, come a few months after Tim Taft, a former Pizza Inn CEO, was named president and CEO of the Souper Salad and Grandy's parent.

Among the new hires is Ward Olgreen, whom Souper Salad named chief operating officer. He most recently was vice president of sales at Pizza Inn Inc.

Danny Meisenheimer, formerly vice president of brand management of Pizza Inn, was appointed to the new post of chief brand officer at Souper Salad.

In addition, Joe Brink, former purchasing director at Pizza Inn, was named vice president of supply-chain management, and Vivien Horton was named director of human resources after serving as manager of communications and human resources at Pizza Inn.

“We each share in the vision for what these companies can become and are completely dedicated to growing our business in fresh, innovative ways,” said CEO Taft.

Souper Salad has 151 namesake salad buffet restaurants in 17 states, including 85 company-owned stores and 66 franchised units. The company has about 80 Grandy’s quick-service units. Souper Salad Inc. is owned by private-equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc.

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